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No Cure for Murder: A serial killer stalks the halls of Brier Hospital (Brier Hospital Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
I started and finished this book in one day. I am an avid reader of mysteries. As a retired nurse, medical mysteries grab my attention before all others. The plot for this book is not only superb, it is a 10 star work in that we have more than one mystery, and all of it is woven together so well, we never loose track. The characters are totally believable and so well written that I can relate to them all. This book grabs your attention and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.
I was going to add something about the culprit here, but decided I did not want to wreck the intrigue of the book. Jacob and his wife Lola, well, if they were real, I would love to have them for parents, they are that well written.
When I selected No Cure For Murder as my next read, I did not realize I had already read one of Dr. Gold's books. I was almost finished No Cure when I decided to look at the list of what he wrote. Lo and behold, I saw First Do No Harm, and that I had not only read that one, but reviewed it as well.
I plan on reading more books by this author. His work is just totally amazing! Buy both the above mentioned books and you will never be sorry.
Death at Brier Hospital is routine and provides the perfect opportunity to murder and get away with it. Jacob Weizman, a physician, and his wife, Lola, a psychotherapist, are holocaust survivors and need no proof of evil in this world. Jacob and Lola are unique protagonists. They’re octogenarians who take the fear out of getting old. Their intelligence, competence, humor, and sense of history make them appealing in a world that too often disdains the aged. After fifty-five years practicing medicine, Jacob is disappointed, but not surprised by several patients’ deaths, even the unexpected ones. Soon, however, it becomes clear that a killer is stalking the halls of Brier Hospital targeting Jacob’s patients. While Jacob has made enemies over the years, he finds it inconceivable that anyone would murder his patients for revenge. The killings mount even as the hospital and police increase security and pursue a vigorous investigation. Finally, unsatisfied with surrogates, the killer targets Jacob.
About the Author
After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.
The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine.
My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man's out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two 'Circle trips' to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second.
I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose.
First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder was released in August 2011. For the Love of God was published in January 2012.
In the last two years, I've written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer's Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 13 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 7 year old purebred though enormous Yorkie. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B006N0LSNY
- Publisher : Grass Valley Publishing; 1st edition (December 16, 2011)
- Publication date : December 16, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 829 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 414 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0615575072
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #954,861 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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On the plus side, the protagonist and his wife were well-fleshed and even enjoyable. While the protagonist had some flaws, he still was endearing. I laughed out loud when he was pulling the leg of a new nurse at the hospital.
There were many minuses, though, to the book. First and perhaps foremost, the writing itself was disjointed. POVs shifted without warning, timelines jumped back and forth, and things were injected that had really nothing to do with the narrative. Transitions were sorely lacking.
Formatting for my Kindle version was horrendous. Huge swaths of the text were indented as if each line was the start of a paragraph. Coupled with the previously mentioned lack of transitions and mind-numbing shifts in POV, it was extremely difficult to follow just what was happening.
There were too many mistakes in the book that interrupted the pace. Some may not be clear-cut mistakes. While I hardly think that so many doctors would not be able to diagnose typhus, for example, I am not a medical expert. In another case, a person is given three full syringes of ethylene glycol, which would be enough to kill an adult when ingested, so I would think that would be fatal. But once again, I would have to bow the the author's medical expertise. Other things were just plain wrong, though. As the author is a Vietnam vet in the medical field, I was surprised that he had one character join the Marines and become a corpsman (corpsmen with the Marines are not Marines themselves but rather Navy sailors). The timeline for the protagonist was off. Supposedly, he was practicing medicine in 1936, two years before German "invaded" Austria (Poland was invaded, Austria was not). Yet post-911, he had been in practice for 60 years and was 88 years old. The book was written in 2011, but even going back to, say 2003 or so, the numbers don't add up. I felt like the author was bound and determined to make him a Holocaust survivor, so he fudged math when all he had to do was give him a handful of more years. Later in the book, another doctor was described as working for the protagonist for five years when clearly that wasn't the case. One 15-year old girl was described as making between $500 and $1000 per month working as a cam girl when in the US, those kinds of companies are required to maintain strict records proving that their performers are of legal age.
Other than the two primary protagonists, most of the characters were one-dimensional cardboard cutouts. There was the religious figure with a very sordid, criminal past (who surprisingly liked to take the Lord's name in vain, something out of character). There was the nurse who refused to comply with the doctor's orders, (and all nursed seemed to be castigated as only wanting to keep patients sedated so they didn't have to work so hard). There was the young reprobate girl led astray, but with a real heart of gold.
There were other weird generalities. The whole ageism theme was overwrought and done to death. When everyone tells a daughter that the old doctor is the best there is, not too many would dismiss him when her mother needs the best there is, in my opinion. Religion seemed to get a short shrift, with religious, people being pretty evil or driving others to their death. Hate for Arabs was extremely overdone, with people attacking an Arab Christian doctor for merely touching their sick loved ones. I have never witnessed the widespread hate against Arabs as described in the book, especially when the Arab in question is in his physician's lab coat.
The preaching got old, too, whether that was against religion, against over prescription of drugs, against ageism. Most of the final 10% of the book was a boring conclusion as to why the baddie did the bad deeds.
Finally, as a murder mystery, it was too predictable. At 30%, I thought it could be one suspect, but by 40%, I knew who was doing the murdering. It wasn't so much that the murderer was telegraphed (although I have a feeling there were some psychological hints that someone trained in psychology would have picked up) but rather that everyone else could be eliminated. That left only one suspect, and in fact, that suspect was the killer.
I liked the protagonist, and the basic storyline was OK. But that, unfortunately, was not enough to rescue the book. The writing just wasn't up to snuff.
Jacob and Lola are fun characters, though sometimes Jacob's bitterness annoys me. I'm also disturbed by the fact that except the poor Palestinian doctor, every overt Christian in the book is a bad person. Certainly, plenty of the horrible sorts of believers presented do exist, but to go by this book, these sickos form the majority. Isn't it a little self-incriminating to critique anti-Semiticism and anti-Arab prejudice but then present a jaundiced picture of Christians? As Jacob himself often comments, in every group of humans, we can find very good people and very bad people.
The closing psychology confused me a little. I can't tell the difference between a psychopath and a malignant narcissist. Neither has a conscience, and both consider the world to center around their personal sense of self-importance.
I do recommend this clever mystery. The writing is tight, and the speed is right.
Jacob Weizman is still practicing family medicine in his 80's and still making house calls! His wife, Lola is a psychotherapist who has downgraded her practice but still works with disturbed teenaged girls. NOTHING gets past Lola nor is there much she hasn't heard or seen and she makes sure the teens know this. Between the two of them they have helped and are still helping many.
Physicians do tend to be slightly egotistical (yes, I have worked in hospitals and done the books for many doctors) and Jacob, because he doesn't agree with some of the newer practices is forever getting into "discussions" with other practitioners, nurses, etc. Some think it is time for him to retire--not so! There is a hospital chaplain who he really does not trust or like and one nurse in particular who does not like him-ah the dynamics of the workplace. He takes on another physician in his practice at the behest of an old and dear friend.
If I say much more I will give it all away-so I guess I will just have to leave you all hanging again! Yup-another 5 Star and I think I better go get some more sleep now!
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Had to hurry through the chores to get back to it...........would recommend it for those who like hospital drama.