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Between soaring malpractice rates and lower payments from medical insurance companies, many doctors bemoan the fact that they don't make what they used to. They're feeling the pinch! So what is a specialist physician, a neuroradiologist, to do when his salary is so much smaller than his wife, Ashley's spending and tastes far exceeds even a superior salary?
Dr. John Armstrong just doesn't seem to say no to his wife's lavish spending. Is it because of his guilt over his handicapped daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, because of a decision he should have made?
One could speculate about the actions that follow but either way one will be amazed at the combination of egregious actions that escalate initially with Armstrong and a lawyer friend, Cal Burton and then move into other equally greedy physicians. Turning in one's colleagues for malpractice seems unimaginable, even with the incentive for 10% of the final malpractice case settlement value.
But what kind of person would utilize the ability to master technology to the degree that one creates terminal disease which results not only in manufactured malpractice suits but actually evolves into needless treatment and surgery for the young and old?
Mesmerizing and horrific, this novel starts out slowly but soon erupts into horrendous scenarios that one can't let go of and must follow to the end.
Locked In is one heck of a credible, thrilling and frightening read! Amazing first work, Mike Esposito!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal September 12, 2007