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When I read the back cover of Dying for Revenge, and it described the main characters as a medical investigator, I thought—“Oh no! Not another crime scene investigator story that will subject us to descriptions of mutilated bodies and depraved criminals.”
Because a friend recommended it, I bought the book (after a bit of hesitation). It only took a few chapters before I realized that my initial viewpoint was wrong. The book presented a well-written and thought provoking story. The author’s use of medical and pathology procedures and terms make it obvious that she understands what she is writing about, but she does it without the usual gory descriptions that many seem to crave.
The stories medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, does her work efficiently and by the book. However, those who work with her see Dr. Wallace as cold and unapproachable. Her family and close friends know that she is battling a deep loss that shrouds her in bitterness.
As Jane uses her abilities and intellect to help the county sheriff find and stop the person who is murdering local citizens, she is also struggling with her own inner pains of the memories that destroyed her world. The story brings suspense and mystery. At the same time, it gives the reader a chance to know and possibly understand Jane’s struggle with her feeling of loss and injustice.
I hope there will be more “Lady Doc” mysteries by Barbara Golder in the near future. Next time I won’t hesitate to buy the book.
Joan L. Kelly, author DNA Connection, and Hiding the Stranger
Dying for revenge was set in my home state of Colorado which caught my sister's interest and went on to become a good read filled with interesting characters. Thank you for hours of enjoyment. My sister and I will be waiting for the next book in the series.
The mocking tone of Doc Wallace toward non-republicans or liberals, which was also dismissive of those that believe climate change was a minor tell of the conservative, republican, well off woman the heroine represents. This will appeal to some readers. Whether those opinions are autobiographical of the author or not, the characters smugness in her condescending attitude repulsed me. That was only one small reason I found her completely unpalatable as a human being. And because the novel reeks of her heroine's entitlement to be bitter, angry and unaware of her great privilege to have a life where she knew love at all I could hardly tolerate the dialogue devoted to the great love of her life now gone . Although she grapples with her bitterness eventually, wading through the self pity and her ruminations about her soul mate, saint of a husband is just tedious.
While it is true that the book is illustrating a struggle toward forgiveness of the murderer of her saint husband, the soul mate of all soul mates I found it grating that she became mean, bitter and shrill instead of recognizing that she had these things at all made her richer and better off than the vast majority of the world. In a book with a more likable heroine I might have related to the grief, but in this book it was just one more entitled person that had it all, and endlessly obsessed over the loss of something a great deal of humanity never had access to