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Carnoy's debut, a thriller set in California's Silicon Valley, fails to deliver on the promise of its intriguing conceit--the degree of a doctor's legal responsibility in a patient's suicide. Shortly before hanging herself from a showerhead, 16-year-old Kristen Kroiter wrote in her diary about having sex with 43-year-old Ted Cogan, a senior trauma surgeon reputed to be a playboy. The doctor treated her in the hospital after she drove her father's Volkswagen Jetta over a curb and struck a telephone pole a few months earlier. Arrested for contributing to Kristen's death, then suspended from his job, Cogan begins playing gumshoe to clear his name. He eventually tracks many of the case's weak underpinnings to a fraternity at nearby Stanford University. Despite a varied cast of characters and some snappy plotting, the story flattens in the middle and struggles to resuscitate itself. Readers who stick around for answers to nagging questions may find it wasn't worth the wait.
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Carnoy injects an uncommon level of medical expertise, from physical trauma through hospital hierarchy, into his fine debut thriller about the fraught world of doctors. The novel certainly works as medical drama, but it is also a gripping detective story and a revealing character study about what makes docs tick. We learn, for example, that many doctors’ lack of empathy can be seen as stemming from the fact that they were trapped in labs and libraries during the crucial social-skills-gaining years. One such doctor may be Ted Cogan, a surgeon, who is questioned by detectives after the death of one of his former patients, a female high-school sophomore. Cogan saved her life after a car accident six months before. Now the girl has taken her own life, and a trail of evidence points to a sexual relationship with Cogan and a motive for him to have killed her. Veteran detective Hank Madden, in charge of the case, is a brilliantly realized secondary character. Utterly baffling until the very last page. --Connie FletcherSee all Editorial Reviews
Black Sharpies and bold lettering accent David Carnoy’s debut novel, Knife Music. The doctor versus detective thriller is a read which would serve as a friendly neighbor on a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce D. Seymour
I rate a book as a "good read" when I can't wait to leave my office and take my lunch in a quiet place so I can keep on reading it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. Charles Umphred
I really enjoy this story. Typically I can figure out "who done it", but not this time. Good story, good characters,good ending. I will be reading another David Conroy novel.Published 7 months ago by Lynn Aloff
This book was a good, quick read with lots of twists and turns!! a book where you couldnt really guess what would happen next. I definitely recommend this book!Published 9 months ago by D. Falk
I enjoy the voice of this writer. The story was told in a interesting way with surprises throughout.Published 10 months ago by Cicero
I thought at first with only 2 main characters - one the accused the other a cop it would be an easy mystery. It was not . Good story and good character development. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Derf44
All characters were just right for the situations. Everything we'll developed with an absolutely unexpected finish. Just what I would expect from a good read.Published 15 months ago by Morver
Great twists & turns! Fun read! I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't read James Carnoy before but I definitely will read more!Published 18 months ago by Natasha Fialkov