Book Review-A Case of Need-a Novel-Michael Crichton | Miki's Hope

Book Review-A Case of Need-a Novel-Michael Crichton

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I have read many of Michael Crichton's books in the past, but missed this one somehow. I decided to rectify that--I do love medical mysteries. As an aside--I also loved the TV series ER which he created.

Back in the 50's-even into the late 50's early 60's abortion was illegal. However at that point in time there were some doctors who would perform the operation. Mostly it was a reaction to all the women who died after going to hacks. Right or wrong they were much safer having the procedure done in a medical office or hospital. Back then the hospitals and probably the doctors listed the abortions as D&Cs. Whether the doctors back then agreed with the procedure or not--they all knew which doctors would. Doctors stick together--their world is insular.

This novel, based in my opinion, in truth-is what could happen if a doctor was accused of performing an abortion back then and how all the other doctors may have reacted. Only a pathologist was bound and determined to get to the truth and exonerate his friend!

The ending will make you gasp at what he ultimately uncovered and who was to blame for the death of this woman.

Michael Crichton added footnotes explaining some if not all of the medical jargon! At the end of this book is his biography and pictures. When Michael Crichton died in 2008 the world lost one of it's greatest writers!

About the book: (from Amazon)

In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randall’s teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood?

The natural suspect is Arthur Lee, a brilliant surgeon and known abortionist, who has been carrying out the illegal procedure with the help of pathologist John Berry. After Karen dies, Lee is thrown in jail on a murder charge, and only Berry can prove his friend wasn’t the one who wielded the scalpel. Behind this gruesome death, Berry will uncover a secret that would shock even the most hardened pathologist.

An Edgar Award–winning novel by the author of such blockbusters as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park—and creator of the long-running NBC drama ER—A Case of Need is a “superb” medical-thriller mystery (Los Angeles Times).
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author’s estate.

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About the Author: (from Goodreads)

Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas and Jeffery Hudson. His novel A Case of Need won the Edgar Award in 1969. Popular throughout the world, he has sold more than 200 million books. His novels have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

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Teresa Reasor said...

I haven't read this one either and I thought I'd read everything he'd written. I even read his journey book when he was doing a lot of traveling. Thanks for the review of this and making us Michael Crichton fans aware of it.
Teresa Reasor

Gladys Parker said...

This book really has my attention. I'm not shocked that it took a prominent Surgeon's family to die for anyone to actually pay attention, as with many realities this is what has to happen to get something done about an issue. I imagine this is an intense mystery.

Amber Ludwig said...

A fellow ER lover!! I find myself rewatching that TV series about once every year!! I miss it so much! I had NO idea we wrote as well!! I will have to check this out!

Marthalynn said...

This looks so good! It's amazing how many great books he can write and still have more up his sleeve. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks for the heads up!

Phyllis Huebbe said...

I can't believe I haven't read this book yet!

Linda Manns Linneman said...

I can't wait to read these books. I am a nurse and really have a love for anything medical. I also love watching ER. Thank you so much for sharing this great read

Karen J said...

I have only read one of his books and sort of fell off. I need to revisit his books and check these out again.

Anonymous said...

This book looks like one I would really enjoy. I read so much it's hard to find a good one Rosanne

Jennifer H. said...

Thanks for the info. I have not heard of this book.

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