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A Man to Die For

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    A book to die for!

    I've been recommending Eileen Dreyer's medical thriller A Man to Die For ever since it came out in 1991. It's out of print in book form so I was thrilled to see it offered as an e-book (along with some of her other excellent titles- yay!)and pumped that I can start recommending it again.

    Like all good books set in hospitals or police stations, this book has that dark, dark sense of humor that keeps these two stressed-to-the-max professions sane. And Casey McDonough needs help keeping her sanity. Survivor of a traumatic childhood, the sole support of her emotionally fragile mother, and one helluva fantastic trauma nurse, Casey thinks there must be something wrong with her because she just doesn't get why everyone is bowing down to worship Dale Hunsacker, the new star OB/GYN at St. Louis' Mother Mary Hospital. There's...something wrong with his eyes, i.e. there doesn't seem to be anything human or compassionate behind them. And the way he does pelvics? Well, let's just say any woman reading this may never have another without an additional cringe.

    When nurses who haven't seen eye to eye with the good doctor start turning up dead, Casey begins to have some suspicions that get her in hot water with hospital admininistration. Still, she can't have a physician bumping off her co-workers just because he brings big money into the hospital...can she? No, Casey's something of a crusader and she just can't keep her mouth or her eyes shut when something so terrible is happening right under everyones'noses.

    When Sgt. Jack Scanlon, former marine, former Jesuit, meets Casey at the precinct where she goes to report her suspicions, he's already got more than enough on his desk to worry him...he certainly doesn't need a feisty red-headed nurse with authority problems telling him that St. Louis' latest golden-boy physician (and friend to the mayor)is a serial killer. But as bodies keep appearing across the city and county jurisdictions, Jack's ulcer tells him Casey might be right...and may be the next on the doctor's hit list.

    Dreyer mixes situational humor with one of the creepiest villains and two very flawed, but touchingly human crimefighters in a book that I've read multiple times. Casey's mother, the downtrodden but still faithful Irish Catholic who wanted to be a nun, but instead married a man who gave her two kids and a whole lot of beatings, is a sensational invention. She drifts in and out of clarity, always pious and often hilarious, and can always be counted on to offer tea to Casey's guests, whether they are paramedics and detectives...or murderers come to call.

    Read anything you can get your hands on by Dreyer who also wrote spectacular series romances under the name Kathleen Korbel, especially A Rose for Maggie (child w/special needs); Soldier's Heart (the Civil War label for PTSD); and Jake's Way (illiteracy). Also look for the out of print If Looks Could Kill under the Dreyer name as it's my next favorite in this too-talented-not-to-be-on-your-favorites-shelf author.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Rereading dreyer

    These medical suspense hold up well. Although they do remind how many tech and forensic advances there have been

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Excellent book. Fast paced. I love it when a book catches your interest from the get go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    I read it when it first came out and I loved it!

    I read it when it first came out and I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    This book was AMAZING! It had the perfect mix of his and her sus

    This book was AMAZING! It had the perfect mix of his and her suspense with a touch of romance. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Waste of time

    I really tried to like this book-- but to no avail. It made no sense, there was no continuity or structure. Character development wis none existant. A "medical" mystery because it had Dr.'s and nurses? Skip it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Good book.

    A good book. I will read more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Awful

    Do not waste your time or money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

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    Overall Rating:  4.35 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 2

    Overall Rating:  4.35 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 2.0 / Sensuous: 0.0 / Suspense: 4.0 // Laughter: 7½ / Tears: 0

    A Man To Die For: 4.35:
    A fascinating, interesting and spine-tingling account of the repercussions faced by an ER trauma nurse as she tries to prove that the new golden boy doctor at her hospital is a serial killer.  The story lagged occasionally, but for the most part, this well-written story was filled to the brim with suspense and a couple of moments of romance were added to the mix to increase the reader's enjoyment.

    Hero: 3.0:
    Homicide Detective Jack Scanlon: Jack was not your typical romance book hero.  Rather than a handsome hunk of alpha male, Jack is presented as a sleep-deprived, ulcer-suffering hero.  Jack's dedication to his job and his walled up heart, however, demanded sympathetic feelings for this wounded man.  Because background details about Jack's history were sparse, it was difficult to understand what drove him.

    Heroine: 2.75:
    ER Trauma Nurse Catherine "Casey" McDonough: Casey was determined to live life on her terms, and had the determination, drive and perseverance to do so.  It was difficult to warm up to Casey because of her strong personality and demanding 'my way or the highway' and 'full speed ahead' nature.  In spite of that, Casey's sense of humor was a wonderful addition to the story.

    Action: 3.5:
    The story moved at a rapid pace most of the time as readers were regaled with emergency room activities on a regular basis along with Casey's efforts to find a way to prove Dr. Hunsacker was a serial killer.

    Emotion: 3.5:
    It was easy to become attached to Jack and Casey and their plight, but not at a depth that inspired tears.  It was easier to understand what Jack and Casey were feeling, rather than actually "feeling" their fears, frustrations, etc.

    Romance: 2.0:
    The romantic aspect of this story was definitely lacking.  Jack and Casey have both walled up their feelings and they had difficulty letting each other past their barriers.

    Sensuous: 0.0:
    There were only three kisses in the book.  No sensuality whatsoever.

    Suspense: 4.0:
    Dr. Dale Hunsaker, the villain in this story kept the degree of suspense at a high level.  Not only did Jack and Casey struggle to find proof of his misdeeds, but Casey had to work with him as he taunted her with his kills.

    Secondary Characters:  3.0:
    Although the secondary characters in the book were plentiful and some of them were richly described and developed, the fact that most of them were single-dimensional made it difficult to feel a sense of connection with them.

    See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *A Man To Die For*.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Romance?

    No idea how this book is classified as romance. The total amount of romance in this book could not fill a page. And the story just drags out. I honestly wish I had never wasted my time on it. Lost an entire Saturday to this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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