Another set of eyes should have read the proof before publication but otherwise I think it was a good kickoff. I'm off to read the author's next title, "The Imperfect Contract" which begins Series 1: One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I admit, I am a lawyer, though I do not do medical malpractice. One of my favorite professors in law school did, though. As a personal complaint about the book, I had a rough time relating the unethical lawyers and they are horrible to the professor I took for Professional Responsibility.
But that is not the basis for my low review. There were too many characters. The primary characters were easy to keep track of, but so many doctors appeared in the book that I felt like I needed a score card. The killer was obvious from the start. Even before the author started dropping clear hints, I knew who it would be, and why. The reason the police gave to focus on one doctor did not make a lot of sense.
Yes, he had motive, but so did a lot of others. As for opportunity, it seemed like the officers were really stretching it to make it seem justified. Instead, it just made them seem lazy, that they did not want to do their jobs and actually investigate the murders. On the good side, the story was entertaining and the writing style very good. A fascinating medical mystery set in a growing South Florida community which is experiencing an epidemic of sudden death among its lawyers.
Their one common characteristic is their ability to exact multi-million dollar judgements against Sawgrass Medical Center for medical malpractice. Protagonist Tony Conte, ex-Army Ranger medic and nurse manager of the Center's emergency department, has to deal with these cases as they are rolled in as cyanide poisoning, heart attacks, food poisoning and cocaine overdose.
But he also has to deal with Det.
Howard Epstein, who is very much in need of medical education, and Epstein's partner, Alfonzo, who has all the wrong instincts and follows leads that seem to implicate Tony. The motive is that Tony, himself, is about to be sued for malpractice by a law firm that has experienced two sudden deaths. Written by a nurse-educator, this story is rich in authentic medical detail. While detective Alfonzo is slipping the noose around his neck, Tony starts his own quiet investigation of which doctors at Sawgrass Medical Center were sued by which law firms, and how they felt about it.
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Action builds to an amazing crescendo, making the book hard to put down. Tony Conte is a strong character who carries a heavy load - a sick wife, a busy Emergency room and now the threat of murder hanging over a person whom he respects. A friendship with the homicide detective does not help his friend, so he sets out to do some self investigation to try and discover who the real culprit is. Although this is yet another murder story where the police seem to be half a step behind the main character, this is a well written story, especially on the medical side. Medical aspects are explained in such a way that even if you have no medical knowledge at all you can follow along.
I would like to see a return of Tony Conte and his family - hopefully there will be a sequel. Doctors being sued for malpractice and lawyers being killed in the courthouse makes this a fun read. Plenty of murders, but different methods keep the detectives guessing. Tony Conte is a likable protagonist with a nicely mysterious past that provides him with skills that prove helpful to resolving the crimes.
Tony is also a refreshing character that runs contrary to stereotypes of the nursing profession and male nurses in particular. The details of hospital life are well done yet nothing here will drive away the squeamish reader. A compelling mystery with a sympathetic protagonist and believable settings - just what this reader seeks. I found it in this tale. Between malpractice suits, suspiciously-deceased attorneys, and concern about his wife and her illness, Tony Conte has his hands full. He barely has time or concentration for his nursing career.
Yet, he's able to assist the police, who are in real need of his help. Gregg Brickman enhances the reader's enjoyment with realistic scenes in the hospital. All in all, a gripping, enjoyable, and satisfying read.
This is a book with heart and excitement. I loved the combination of the law and medicine. The protaganist is very much what I expect from a male nurse having worked with many during my 40 year nursing career. This book is hard to put down. The author well researched the medical information. A trip to the hospital may not be number one on your list, but this trip is leads into the middle of a mystery. Malpractice lawyers are dying, murder the M. The police are baffled, but, fortunately, have Tony Conte to assist them.
Tony juggles his nursing duties at the hospital and the serious illness of his wife while tracking down the necessary clues to uncover the villain. The mystery will keep you guessing, but you'll find the solution totally logical. Stories like this with prices this low are what make the Kindle such a great investment. A story worth reading. See all 13 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on November 1, Published on February 4, Published on January 30, Published on July 11, Books In This Series 3 Books. Page 1 of 1 Start Over Page 1 of 1.
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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I read "Illegally Dead" and then immediately started "Imperfect Contract". The author has definitely fine-tuned her craft to the next level with this mystery. Sophia Burgess and Ray Stone are quite credible in every way. I don't want this review to include any spoilers so I won't define that statement further. Descriptions are further enhanced enriching the atmosphere of the settings and characterizations.
Conversations between characters seem more genuine. My only complaint is a repeat from the review of "Illegally Dead". New authors, please, please, please take the time to hold the proof from publication until another set of eyes reads your work for copy editing. For example, the word "is" for "if" passes spell check but is a distraction when one is reading your story.
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Illegally Dead (Tony Conte #1) by Gregg E. Brickman
Chapter 30 begins as follows: Insert chapter ten text here. Insert" and finally the real sentence of Chapter 30 begins. What an unnecessary distraction to the reader. If the copy editing improves, I would have given this book 4 stars but the overall presentation doesn't deserve the higher rating for such carelessness. One person found this helpful. Sophia Burgess has the empathy of a nurse, which she is, with the instincts of a cop, which she was, which makes her the ideal sleuth when it comes to finding out who wanted her latest patient, real estate agent Barry Hutchinson, dead.
With several suspects to choose from, including two good friends, Sophia must put personal feelings aside in order to find the truth.
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A good dose of realism puts the reader right in the midst of hospital procedures and ethical questions. Fascinating details, speedy pacing, and characters that draw you in make this a compelling read. I'm looking forward to more in this series! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
I have read many great books from the free list at amazon. This is definitely one of them. Easy reading and fun book! One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Kindle has allowed me to read books that I might never have seen in paperback. This one is special. I will read others in the series. I took advantage of a one-day free download on a whim The plot is complicated enough to decidedly keep your attention without being confusing.
Personal information about the characters, much of it unrelated to the central theme, makes the book 'come alive'. As a result the reader feels more like they are reading a thrilling documentary instead of fiction. It is indeed a very good read. I was not impressed with this book. Certainly not interested in any more like it. Save your money and time. This book had an interesting story line.