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Posted November 23, 2010
Posted November 23, 2010
The entire story captivated me...I couldn't put it down!! Janet is a dynamic character. I felt like I was watching the trial live!! I was shocked as Janet masterfully revealed the dirty side of big corporate machines. You will read this cover to cover and will hate to put it down!
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Posted July 1, 2011
RATING:4.5)MURDER BY ANOTHER NAME by Jo Stone is a captivating legal fiction.It is written with details and depth. The plot is easy to follow and will blow you away with this could really happens.It has murder,mystery,exposure of a breast transplant manufacturer,intrigue,
bio materials scientists,expert witnesses, FDA investigators, television reporter, betrayal,conspiracies,and a grand jury indictment.It is a fast paced,action packed story from the first page to the last. It will have you on the edge of your seat. This is a captivating and compelling story with many characters each one will leave you breathless. You have Dr. Dan MacNamara,a plastic surgeon,Sherri Barker,who works with PolySurgical Specialties,Conway Chemical,Janet Stephenson,a bio materials specialist and an expert witness and Pam Lawson,who is waiting for a liver transplant.You can't help but love Janet's tenacity and grit.This is a must read for all women,murder,mystery,suspense,and thriller readers.A must read you will not be sorry you did.It is fast paced and full of action. This book was received for the purpose of review from Bostick Communications and the author.Details can be found at Outskirts Press and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Posted January 25, 2011
Jo Stone has introduced some amazing characters and I enjoyed being on the journey with all of them. Stone was masterful at creating real characters that I found myself caring a great deal about. The trial was like a movie reel unfolding on the pages. Exciting, Thrilling, Heartbreaking are all words I would use to describe this book. Loved it! I felt like I had made some new friends by the end and hated to see them go!!! I look forward to Jo Stone's next novel!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jo Stone has such a style about her that brought me into the story in a really refreshing way. I fell in love with the characters and was sad to see them go after I finished the book. I definitely look forward to more from Jo Stone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2011
You are a woman that wants to have your breasts enlarged or changed for one reason or another. You go to a specialist that you trust. This doctor will advise you and will help you change your appearance with surgery. After the surgery you are very satisfied with your new look. Your sagging is gone, or your unevenness is now evened to your wishes. Your newly shaped breasts are your pride and joy and you feel so much better in public. Now we go to the "what ifs" from that surgery. You find out that there is something wrong with those implants, something that might give you liver cancer from surgery by a highly recommended doctor and you need to do something to counteract the new implants you were so proud of and with which you were so happy. That is the basis of "Murder By Another Name" as Jo Stone takes you through the life of such a victim who is trying desperately to stay alive until her trial is over, a trial that will attempt to prosecute the company that placed that style of implant on the market and made a killer of it. Pamela Larson is happily married to Larry who stands behind his dearest wife as she now fights liver cancer that is wracking her body on her way to almost a certain death from that type of breast implant. The implant had been developed by PSS, a company that then sold their business and patents to Conway Chemical, so the litigation was against both companies. When some involved were killed or badly wounded while attempting to kill them, things went from bad to worse. The battle between manufacturer and patient and all in between became dangerous and deadly. The new coated implant was much more dangerous than the manufacturers would ever admit. Janet Stephenson was the attorney for Pamela and Larry Lawson. She, along with her cohorts worked long and tiring hours to prepare for the trial, as did the bevy of lawyers for the implant manufacturers. They dug deep no matter who got hurt. When the trial date finally occurred all were still busy as could be still gathering last minute bits of information in an attempt to get the edge in the trial. The book is long but the author doesn't let the action calm down one bit and does not allow the reader to get lost. Jo Stone has written about a very timely and interesting medical matter that surely will make many women think first before they consider breast implants. As with any other surgery, complications can occur and one must decide if the surgery is worth the risk.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2010
Important Information for women is the primary topic of a new mystery by Jo Stone! Indeed, the title tells it all! No way around it a product that results in death is Murder By Another Name...
Jo Stone is an attorney who has tried many silicone gel breast implant cases-I think that for some books, the professional credentials are essential, don't you? Stone received her Juris Doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I appreciate her efforts to share her knowledge through her very realistic and exciting fictional novel!
Dr. Dan MacNamara, a plastic surgeon, handled many breast implants for his patients. But not all surgeries were successful in the long-term. In fact, the wife of the President of the main corporation who supplied the implants had been affected by her implants-her breasts were slightly asymmetrical but those of a 25 year old. But when she touched them, she could not help but be sad and disgusted-they had lost all sensation except pain. Her breasts were hard and when they were subjected to bath water they became discolored and even more painful. Though her husband had convinced her to have them, he had not touched her since. She knew nobody would want to touch her...
It was exciting, then, when Dr. MacNamara learned of a newly created process that prevented the later hardening changes. In fact, Dr. MacNamara had been acting for the company to recommend and speak to groups across the country. Of course, there was the added benefit that the sales rep traveled with him most of the time and he was enjoying their affair...
But as Dr. MacNamara is hurt and in critical condition in the hospital, as a result of a car bomb that had killed his lover and the sales representative, one of the women who had received implants with MacNamara as her doctor, was also in critical condition.
Pamela Lawson had been disturbed by the way child birth had affected her breasts and, finally with her husband's support, though he said he loved her as she was, she had received the new implants. Happy with the result, life had moved on but then Pamela had begun having major health problems. Fortunately, there had already been considerable medical research by a team of doctors in Canada, who had successfully had the new implants removed from the market there. But though they had shared the results in the U.S., they were not as successful in having their results verified.
But women with transplants were now sharing information and looking toward the legal arena to gain compensation for the problems they were having. Slowly one lawyer began to obtain a complete and thorough knowledge of all legal, medical, and other issues surrounding both the older versions and the newer versions that many surgeons were now using. One thing was definite--Pamela Lawson's life was on the line due to those implants and they were going to sue the company!
Murder by Another Name is an excellent well-written true-to-life drama that is both a warning as well as an example of how loopholes in regulations can be used by companies to miss the usual safety procedures and move ahead with the production of new products. And, if, by chance, that company is run by someone who cares only about the bottom line, it can indeed result in murder--no matter how the death occurs!
So not only is this an excellent drama that should concern every woman, it is a tense suspenseful legal procedure thriller. Highly Recommended!