A Man to Die For (A Suspense/Thriller)

A Man to Die For (A Suspense/Thriller)

by Eileen Dreyer
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Man to Die For 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Fast paced. I love it when a book catches your interest from the get go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These medical suspense hold up well. Although they do remind how many tech and forensic advances there have been
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not care for this book. How is this a medical thriller? I love medical thrillers and avoid the violence-against-women novels. I got tricked into reading this one. Just because the suspect and heroine work in a hospital does not qualify it as a medical thriller. I ended up sticking with it just to see all the characters get justice in the end. I won't spoil it by saying if they did or not. Regardless, I will continue to avoid this type of book and this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
slow going --- wish it were faster because it sounds like a great story... but alas I put it back and did not finish.
Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
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. Hero: 3.0: 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. Heroine: 2.75: 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. Action: 3.5: 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. Emotion: 3.5: 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. Romance: 2.0: 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. Sensuous: 0.0: There were only three kisses in the book.  No sensuality whatsoever. Suspense: 4.0: 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*.
Robin_Greene More than 1 year ago
I read it when it first came out and I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is unnecessarily long and longwinded. Sentence structure difficult to read. Unbelievable as in NOT BELIEVABLE!
nooklooker More than 1 year ago
This book started out slow but then got so good, I could not put it down. The suspense and characters made me feel like I was right there in the room with them. Loved this book and will buy more for sure.
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
good story & plot. had me guessing a few times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced with great characters. A believable thriller that you won't want to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read..love Dreyer's writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Suspenseful, thought provoking, hated to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, As an RN; I related to the medical environment and facts, and as a 2 to 3 mystery novel reader per week, I enjoyed the characters and development of plot.
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Every bit as good as the reviewer said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a mind bender. A really good thriller. Love the book! Pages a little over 300.uo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book...with a villian you will want to hate
321HM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  I was pleased to find that it was more thriller and less romance.  I will be looking for other titles by this author.
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Great reaad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest. Suspenseful for sure, but only a hint of romance found in the entire book. I liked the characters. Let me clarify: I liked to hate one of them, was cheering another, thought one an oddball but rather likeable. There weren't twists and turns, it was easy to see who the bad guy was, but the suspense and wondering "what next" kept me turning pages.
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