Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center: An Alex Destephano Novel

Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center: An Alex Destephano Novel

by Judith Townsend Rocchiccioli



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ISBN-13: 9781482009194
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Lucci, Judith
CreateSpace (328 pp.)
$15.99 paperback, $1.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1482009194; February 1, 2013
...Nothing is what it seems in the Big Easy, and even Alex's handsome architectural historian boyfriend appears to be hiding something. As the city prepares for the Endymion Extravaganza-the social event of the season-Alex must evade a vicious hit man and save the hospital. New Orleans springs to life in Lucci's debut, and she uses her setting to good effect, playing up the voodoo angle and peppering the story with references to Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras. There's no lack of action in this fast-paced thriller, including a violent attack at a creepy late-night voodoo ritual and a breakneck chase through the crowded streets of the French Quarter. But the plot is convoluted, with multiple villains who all have their own reasons for targeting the hospital... An edge-of-your-seat thriller anchored by a likable, engaging heroine.

Judith Lucci is a Virginian and holds graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. She has been a practicing clinical nurse for over 25 years and is currently a professor of Nursing at James Madison University and the author of numerous academic and health-related articles and documents. Her novels are based on her clinical practice experiences living and teaching in New Orleans and Virginia. When not teaching or writing, Judith is an avid silk painter and multi-media artist. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her family and six dogs.

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Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center: An Alex Destephano Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Peggy Hyndman More than 1 year ago
Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center is the first book in Judith Lucci’s Alex Destephano series and is an intricately woven tale with lots of action and suspense. The storyline is well plotted and the characters are colorful and well developed. Ms. Lucci is very talented in creating suspense and tension with her written words and her descriptive writing made me feel I was in the midst of all the activity. I highly recommend this book those who enjoy reading books in the medical, thriller, and suspense genre. Alexandra ‘Alex’ Lee Destephano grew up in Virginia and is now the in-house legal counsel for Crescent City Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She’s looking forward to Mardi Gras and attending the Endymion Extravaganza Ball at the Super Dome with her new boyfriend, Mitch Landry. Alex and CCMC’s administrators are dealing with the possible ramifications of the 1,000 page Health Care Reform Act. The CEO of CCMC, Don Montgomery, is accusing Alex of treating her ex-husband, Dr. Robert Bonnet, differently from the other CCMC physicians and is demanding that she address several complaints that have been lodged against Robert. Early one morning, Alex is stat-paged to the medical center and when she arrives, she learns that Grace Raccine, the First Lady of Louisiana, has been found unconscious in her hospital room, covered in blood, with no visible physical injuries, and evidence of voodoo. Alex doesn’t know anything about the New Orleans voodoo culture and is skeptical that Ms. Raccine has been voodooed and the hospital cursed. Others, however, are convinced that is what occurred; patients are transferring to other hospitals, staff is refusing to come to work, and CCMC is quickly suffering financially. Police Captain Jack Francoise is assigned to investigating what happened to Ms. Raccine as well as the whirlwind of trouble that follows. Alex isn’t one to sit on the sidelines and begins investigation on her own, winding up in harm’s way.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite Something strange is going on at Crescent City Medical Center and no one seems to know what it is. From the strange voodoo practices that suddenly start occurring in the very rooms of patients to the slew of malpractice claims against one of the most popular surgeons, there are definitely those out to end the hospital, and possibly Dr. Bonnet while they’re at it. But could it be the mob that’s behind everything? In Louisiana, you never know what could be coming around the corner, and for Alex this is getting extremely out of hand. How’s she supposed to balance everything she thinks she knows with the things that have started to happen in the hospital in Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center by Judith Lucci. This is an intriguing book, full of plenty of action and a whole lot more. The characters, like Alex, Robert and Mitch, are interesting and complex enough to be real people. You feel like you’re really getting to know them and understand how they change throughout the course of the book, and, of course, it pulls in the culture of voodoo that’s ingrained in Louisiana deeper than anything. I enjoyed this book and I think it has a really good plot to go along with it. I’ll also be looking out for more from this series because I know there’s got to be more to the story and the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited when I saw this book was set in New Orleans. Having been to the city several times, I was pleased to see the author had done her research and captured the atmosphere of the city beautifully. The environment of the medical center was also very well portrayed. I love the pace of the story. This is a thriller with lots of action, murder, voodoo and the ongoing drama at the medical center. I especially like the voodoo ceremony, drums, snake, cat and all, were all very enlightening. Thank the gods the baby was rescued. Lovers of the art will certainly enjoy this novel.