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Posted July 29, 2010
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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.
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Posted June 4, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were only three kisses in the book. No sensuality whatsoever.
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*.
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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.
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Took me a long time to get into this book. I made myself finish it. Would not read it again--but that's just me. If you like the style, then you'll probably like this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Excellant book. Great storyline with good plot and characters. Mystery was well thought out with great suspence and the main character had real guts going after what she wanted. Highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Boy do I wish I had written this book. If I am able to put one or two appropriate one liners on a page I feel really good abouut what I have written. This writer drops inciteful and amusing one liners as though it were second nature to her.
What is more,she knows how the inside of a hospital works, and she tells it like it is. Her female lead is strong and amusing, the sort of person some of us would like to emulate. Her male lead comes across as a real person. The few love scenes are tender and not over done.
Iwill definitely be following this writer.
Posted November 11, 2014
I read this book in one sitting, it was that riveting. The plot is solid, the characters likeable, and the dialogue is fresh and very much as people really talk.
It's not disgustingly violent, sappy and hackneyed, or has any of the other faults that will cause me to not recommend a book. If you like intelligent, well-written mysteries, you will like this book.
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