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They are the leaders of the largest charities in the world ...
They are the leaders of the largest charities in the world living lives of excess and power. They are trusted and believed to be simply better. We want them to be. We need them to be. They are the keepers of our hope.
But is the dream of a cure really their mission? Have they come to see the disease, the enemy, as their true benefactor? How far would they go to protect the enemy?
Would they kill?
Death of a Cure is a novel of mystery, suspense, and action. The murder of one good man by a respected colleague is more than a crushing personal deception, it is a unequaled violation of the trust of millions afflicted by a horrible disease.
In a first person account, the brother of a murdered man, a military surgeon, a man born to wealth and accustomed to success, is thrust into the role of homicide investigator. Quickly discovering that his skills as a detective are frustratingly insufficient, he calls upon a woman from his past for help. Together they unravel layers of evil and organization deception revealing that the true work of this healthcare charity has little to do with the curing of the terrible disease born by a trusting community.
Murder was just another means to a hidden end.
Posted May 16, 2010
Steven H. Jackson in his new book, "Death Of A Cure" Book One in the Thomas Briggs series published by Telemachus Press and distributed by Yorkshire Publishing brings us to the arena of medical research and the vast amounts of money that are needed to fund it.
Dr. Ronald Briggs works for a medical research company and he has discovered very important information regarding funding which he is going to bring to the authorities; so he is murdered making it look like suicide. However, the murderer made one mistake Dr. Ronald Briggs has a brother, Thomas Briggs, who is also a medical doctor as well as a Lt. Col. in the marines. Thomas does not accept his brother's death as suicide and begins his own investigation. He discovers that his skills as a detective are insufficient so he calls upon FBI agent Marilena Riggatti, a woman from his past for help. Together they work to discover who murdered Ronald and why.
Mr. Jackson asks the question here that perhaps most of us, when we think about it, have asked ourselves: suppose they actually discover the cure for the disease what would happen to the jobs of the scientists actually involved and the host of other employees who are working with them? Would someone murder to keep the money flowing and the information secret? Mr. Jackson explores this possibility against his framework of an exciting thriller. This one will keep you guessing as their lives are put in danger again and again and you keep flipping the page to see what happens next.
All the characters are likable and Mr. Jackson has a way of bringing you into the story. I look forward to the next book in the Thomas Briggs series.
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Posted May 6, 2010
Few debut novels make as spectacular an impression as Death of a Cure. Steven H. Jackson's first fictional outing is an impressive full throttle murder mystery that cracks along at a terrific pace.
Jackson weaves an intriguing narrative with beautifully drawn characters and a breath-taking plot that keeps you guessing right up to the end.
The story is told through the eyes of Thomas Briggs, a brilliant surgeon attached to an elite military unit. During a highly sensitive mission word gets to him that his brother, a prominent scientist, has been killed.
At the time of his death he is working for a charitable foundation and may have discovered a cure for a fatal neurodegenerative disorder. The evidence points to suicide but Thomas does not believe it, and starts his own investigation, enlisting the help of FBI Agent Marilena Rigatti.
Together they discover the dark and poisoned heart of a prestigious charity and unravel its dirty secrets. The intensity heightens as they dig for clues and unwittingly put themselves in mortal danger. Jackson's literary power keeps the tension wracked up to the max and the reader is drawn in deeper as the author exposes the sinister side of charity fundraising and the lengths some people will go to preserve the status quo.
The entire novel poses an intriguing question: are charitable institutions making too much money, enjoying too much power to allow the cures they are working toward to become available? Because once that happens, the funding dries up and so do the executive lifestyles enjoyed by some of the charity power players.
Jackson employs fine wordplay, masterfully sculpted phrases and a couple of deliciously gory scenes that will keep your stomach churning long after you have put the book down.
In Thomas Briggs the literary world has a new hero, a complex and flawed character who is simultaneously trained to kill and preserve life.
Death of a Cure is a sinister tale of greed and deception that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. You don't want to miss it!