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Sheard provides a delightful hospital investigative tale that grips readers from the moment that Dr. Singh and his team apply CPR, but fail. REVIEWED BY HARRIET KLAUSNER
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His veteran critical care nurse credentials are made manifest on nearly every page as he directs the flow of activities with a full cast of familiar characters one can expect to find on the wards... --Critical Mystery Tour

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Timothy Sheard is a veteran nurse and union activist who has published more than 100 short stories, articles, play, videos and novels. His Lenny Moss crime novels capture the world of work in America's health factories. He lives with his wife Mary in Brookly, NY.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Hard Ball Press (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981451829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981451824
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,561,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James O. Mayor on April 30, 2016
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In the third novel, A Race Against Death, Moss and most of the staff are pitted against a brutal heat wave and a vicious murderer. Timothy Sheard writes engrossing novels. The protagonist, Lenny Moss, is a "simple" metropolitan hospital custodian, but he has an affinity for solving crimes and helping people. Of course he doesn’t solve them on his own as he has many of the large crew of hospital staff willing to pitch in to assist. Did I mention that he is also the union steward who eventually repays any assistance he gets with his intellectual services.

The best feature of Sheard's books are his cast of characters, and many of them are characters, indeed. They are all fascinating. And the plots are clever also. It is to the readers' benefit to get to know each any every one of these people, so you are encouraged to read the books in order, but it is not necessary to enjoy the books
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This book was my introduction to Lenny Moss and the dysfunctional James Madison University Hospital. I was hooked right from the start, and have since read every one of the Moss adventures. You'd be hard pressed to find a more atypical hero than Lenny - a custodian and union representative at the hospital, he's neither tall nor particularly good looking. But what he lacks in looks and status, he more than makes up for in courage, smarts and charisma. I liked him right from the beginning. Add to the mix a cast of charming, though far from perfect characters, well written mystery plot, and you've got a winning combination for an enjoyable read by any standard.

In A Race Against Death, Lenny and the crew at James Madison have their hands full dealing with a brutal heat wave, questionable ethics on the part of the hospital administration, and their investigation into the needless death of a young woman, which turns into something far more sinister than anyone could have ever imagined.
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At James Madison University Hospital, the air conditioning is not working so some departments are brutally hot. Union steward widower Lenny Moss has received plenty of complaints over the unhealthy working conditions and has pressured the administration to fix the mechanical problem to include some of the support staff not being in rooms like laundry in the heat of the day. He hopes to spend his nights in heat with housekeeping's Betty, a single mother, who he really likes.

Meanwhile ICU Dr. Samir Singh and his team fail to save the life of Charyse Desic, who had just undergone a recent abortion. The staff's OBGYN Dr. Leslie Odom could not care less that some street loser patient of his died. However her boyfriend Tyrell Hardy does and he plans to kill the doctor who butchered his beloved. Lenny and fourth year medical student Kate Palmer are stunned by Odom's attitude and do some quiet investigating into the physician's past only to find a hellish track record and are unsure what to do especially since the hospital administration has obviously covered for this dangerous physician.

It has been several years since Lenny starred in a novel (see SOME CUTS NEVER HEAL and THIS WON'T HURT A BIT), but the wait was worth it. A RACE AGAINST DEATH is an interesting amateur sleuth medical thriller starring a caring hero (perfect personality for a shop steward) who knows he is in over his head with his inquiries, but feels he must act before more tragedies occur. The support cast is top rate as they make the hospital seem genuine and Lenny's romance with Betty adds depth to the character. Timothy Sheard provides a delightful hospital investigative tale that grips readers from the moment that Dr. Singh and his team apply CPR, but fail.

Harriet Klausner
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Lenny Moss is a real, live working class hero. He's a union rep, who looks out for the workers in a Philadelphia hospital as if they were literally his brothers and sisters. His sense of solidarity is contagious, and he has all the hospital workers looking out for each other as well. What's amazing is that his characters are so real, they're like people you know. Struggling against a loaded, unfair system, they manage to prevail by sticking together.
Oh, and did I mention there's a murder mystery in the plot, involving hospital professionals? And Lenny and the hospital workers all work together to bring the perp to justice.
Honestly, I don't usually get into murder mysteries. And the usual hospital dramas don't interest me much, as a rule. But these Lenny Moss mysteries are outstanding. I think Timothy Sheard is an unrecognized genius. He reminds me of Dashiell Hammett, with a working-class twist.
Try as I might, I can't find anything to criticize about this book. I simply loved it!
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