Murders at Hollings General is a medical mystery involving a series of bizarre homicides at a major teaching hospital in New England. The protagonist, Dr. David Brooks, is an engaging if somewhat quirky doctor/amateur sleuth who confines his practice to making afternoon house calls for other physicians. To date, his investigative experience is limited, but he is pressed into probing the hospital deaths by his police detective fiancÃ©e, Kathy Dupre. And their relationship becomes the stuff of a sub-plot woven into the main story line. From the opening scene in which a surgical patient (the hospital's Chairman of the Board) is brutally killed on the operating table by an imposter surgeon, to David's last brush with death at the hands of latter-day samurai warriors, the protagonist faces a parade of conflicts. Suspense is enhanced through a story concept rooted in situational uncertainties, plot twists and unforeseen murder victims. As applied to each suspect, the opportunities and means for murder solidly exist, but it is in the area of motives--romantic entanglements, ties to foreign drug cartels, job terminations, hospital rivalries and power struggles--that the bulk of tension and conflict resides. David's search takes him into a world of martial arts, fortune tellers, Japanese daggers and the dispensing of illegal drugs from the back of an ambulance. In one major scene, he becomes trapped in his Mercedes convertible which is wrapped in barbed wire and in tow up a cliff for certain deposit over the other side. But this and other perils merely harden his resolve to find the killer.
About the Author
He is the author of nine mystery novels. He is also coauthor with internationally renowned forensic scientist, Dr. Henry Lee, of four books dealing with forensic science: Famous Crimes Revisited; Dr. Henry Lee's Forensic Files; Shocking Cases; and The Budapest Connection. In them, they examine various well-known criminal cases, including Charles Lindbergh, O.J. Simpson, JFK, JonBenet Ramsey, Sam Sheppard, Sacco-Vanzetti, Vincent Foster, Scott Peterson, Phil Spector, and the abduction of Elizabeth Smart. Dr. Labriola's latest work---released in May, 2013---is a mystery/suspense novel titled, Deadly Politics.
He writes full-time, is past president of the Connecticut Authors Association, member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Association of Crime Writers.
As an author and crime analyst, he lectures extensively on mystery, forensic science and true crime issues. For the past ten years, he has been a regular, worldwide lecturer aboard the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria, the Queen Elizabeth, the Emerald Princess, the Silversea Cruise Line, and the Norwegian Cruise Line ships.