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Posted November 21, 2011
This review is from: Public Anatomy (Hardcover)
A. Scott Pearson brings back his partially disabled hero Dr. Eli Branch, who can no longer perform feats of surgical derring do, due to a hand injury, or can he?
Relegated to an out of the way ER, Branch is pondering which way his life should go when he is drawn into a series of gruesome murders that appear to be related. The killer, dubbed the Organist, removes a body part from each victim and leaves as a souvenir a drawing of it. The drawings recall a famous medieval anatomist, Vesalius, who is not the killer.
In a parallel story, Dr. Branch is called on by a kinky old flame, Dr. French (nick-named French Kiss) to help her clear herself from a messy series of surgical accidents, in which her patients are dying while undergoing robotic surgery. Is the machine at fault? Is the instrument company covering something up?
Dr. Branch agrees to help both her and the detective Lipsky, who investigating the apparently unrelated series of Organist murders.
Of course, these two story lines converge, in sometimes unexpected ways, as the novel proceeds to its satisfying conclusion.
Although a relatively short novel, Prescott has time to develop his characters and the town, Memphis, in which they work. There is humor and graphic grossness. Watch out for the man with the crawling head and other asides involving the Memphis medically under-served.
This is an interesting and fast paced read. Good fun.
Posted October 13, 2011
Posted February 24, 2011
I have always been a lover of medical mysteries. Maybe it's because I am in the health care field or maybe it's because I like blood and am fascinated with doctors and surgery. A reason is not really necessary though is it? Public Anatomy is right up there with Michael Palmer and Robin Cook.
Reading it was scary at times because we are so close to this Robotic Surgery, it's already being preformed to some extent. And reality shows? Seems like that is all that is on anymore. Imagine a reality show where operations are streamed on the internet and can be watched live. Now imagine a horrible error, blood everywhere, OR staff scrambling to try to save the patient and ALL this is streaming across the internet! That is exactly how our story opens. Are we heading in this direction? I for one hope not. Nothing takes the place of a human doctor in my opinion.
I really connected with all the characters. Some in a good way and some not so good but every one made an impact on me while I was reading the book. How could I not root for Dr. Eli Branch, a main character, a former surgeon who was injured and can no longer operate so he works the graveyard shift in the ER. I didn't know when I started this book that it was the second one, the first being RUPTURE. In that book we get the full story on Dr. Branch and how he was injured, etc. I will for sure pick that up.
The relationship between Dr. Branch and Meg Daily, the pathologist was funny and touching. They used to be a couple but are not now. It's very obvious that the feelings are still there and I hope to see them in future books where that can be explored.
I have to say my favorite part of the book was with the detective investigating the murders, with the help of Dr Branch of course, was telling Dr Branch about how his mother used to take him all the time to visit the Victorian Mansions in Memphis because she wanted him to grow up with some class. It was a very witty conversation with Dr. Branch saying: "Did you say doilies?" You must read the book to appreciate the humor in that but it was by far my favorite sentence in the book.
Having lived in Memphis and Oxford Mississippi it was enjoyable to visit again. I loved knowing the places where the story took place. It was nice to be able to picture them while I was reading.
This book if chock full of some pretty grisly murders. Dirty doctors, amateur sleuth doctors, alcoholic professors and so much more. It is full of twists and turns and I had not figured it out until the author was revealing it. I had my suspicions but they turned out to be wrong every time.
I highly recommended this book for mystery lovers looking for an engaging and fast read that they will be thinking about long after reading the last page.