A Case of Need

A Case of Need

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by Michael Crichton
     
 

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A Case of Need is Michael Crichton's award-winning debut novel, written shortly after he completed his medical internship. Set against the ever-building pressure and pace of a large Boston medical center, the tensions flare-and explode-when a surgical operation tragically ends in death, raising countless questions. Was it accidental malpractice? A violation of

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A Case of Need is Michael Crichton's award-winning debut novel, written shortly after he completed his medical internship. Set against the ever-building pressure and pace of a large Boston medical center, the tensions flare-and explode-when a surgical operation tragically ends in death, raising countless questions. Was it accidental malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic oath? Or cold-blooded murder?

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"I love anything Michael Crichton writes, but his early medical thrillers have been favorites of mine." -Stephen King

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780831723347
Publisher:
Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1993

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"I love anything Michael Crichton writes, but his early medical thrillers have been favorites of mine." -Stephen King

Meet the Author

Michael Crichton was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. One of the most popular entertainers in the world, Crichton sold more than 200 million copies of his books, which have been translated into 40 languages and adapted into 15 films. Long before the carefully researched techno-thrillers that ultimately brought him to fame, Crichton wrote high-octane suspense novels to support himself while studying at Harvard Medical School. A Case of Need, written under the pseudonym Jeffery Hudson, won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery in 1969.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 23, 1942
Date of Death:
November 4, 2008
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969
Website:
http://www.michaelcrichton.net/

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A Case of Need 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 55 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, Chrichton is one of my favorite authors. He usually does a good job integrating his wide knowledge of science into an entertaining story. However, this book was a little boring. It does a good job of explaining things about medicine and things like abortion issues. But this book was kind of boring through most of it. But the last few chapters got very interesting as the big mystery finally unravelled. not a bad book at all, but not the best either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silly, a doctor runs around for days playing detective for a friend. It was way too obvious "who done it" too & that was early on. This book is really outdated too. These issues are no longer issues, I was surprised that, according to this book at least, that abortions were so easy to get from an actual doctor while they were illegal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hard to stay focused throughout the book. I was very disappointed in the way it was written. His later books are superb but this one was just plain lame. I was shocked to see such good reviews on this. To each his own....I think he is a great writer but this seemed to be written too quickly.
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They borrow themes from their "other lives" but how many authors have these other lifes to borrow from. i was not a great fan of his subgenre and combos of sci fi med fantasy but truely admire his imagination and the movies made from his writings
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's very rare that I find a book that I just can't put down. I usually lose interest in books quickly, but this one is different. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, who was guilty and who was innocent, and how the book was going to end. I just could not put it down and actually finished it in a few days, which does not happen with me EVER. One of the best books I've ever read.
K_C More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by him. In my opinion there was way too much explaining of medical terms, etc . Not too bad though. I will try another by this author and then decide.
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MikeDeavers More than 1 year ago
A Case of Need is a stimulating story that kept my interest and I found that it was hard to put down. It educated s on some of the arguments for both sides of the abortion issue while maintaining a very good story line and character set. The plot revolves around who performed an illegal abortion on a girl from an affluent family. As you read on you that the abortion killed the girl, so the person who performed the abortion is guilty of murder. For medical thriller fans I would highly recommend this book.
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bam206NJ More than 1 year ago
Michael Chrichton has done it again, a new novel that is sure to be a hit. This book grabs your interest during the first few pages and I could not put it down. It proved to be thoroughly enjoyable and held my interest through out the entire book. If you like James Patterson, Greg Iles, Karin Slaughter, or Preston and Child this book will fit your bill. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read thrillers and high stakes stories. Although the story line is very intense, it was not hard to follow the path the author put you on. It was intriguing and yet easy to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.
Gus_TT_Showbiz More than 1 year ago
A Case of Need, written by Michael Crichton in a pen name, is a mystery that involves a man trying to prove his best friend innocent of an abortion. It's a mystery, but it's far better as a social piece than a detective novel. The strongest part of this novel is the struggles that the protagonist must go through to prove his friend's innocence. He may be able to prove he is innocent of murder, but he cannot hide the fact that he has committed illegal abortions. The pacing and flow of this is great. I recommend this to anyone interested in the topic of abortion, whether you're pro-life or pro-choice. It's different from later Crichton novels, but it still shows what a great writer he was.
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