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Act of Deception

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Jenny W, Media/Journalist

My Recommendation

An engrossing medical misadventure mystery, combining a page-turner plot line with  wonderful scene-setting in Houston and Galveston.  It’s 1995, and Houston orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jim Bob Brady is being sued for medical malpractice after one of his patients suffers a mysterious infection that caused a knee replacement to end up as an amputation.  
The  idealistic doc believes he's done the best by his patient and is bewildered by the very poor outcome.  He suspects there has been some other incident or intervention - unbeknownst to him - that the patient and his attorney are concealing.  
A fascinating insight into the world of medical malpractice and the clash of values between medical staff earnestly trying to do the best for their patients and lawyers and insurance companies who regard the whole medical misadventure field as a numbers game . . simply business with "nothing personal" involved.
When J. J.  Brady  discovers his isn’t the only  practice being sued. he suspects there may be an organised racket with inside knowledge from hospital  records being fed to unethical lawyers who then target vulnerable patients and promise them big handouts to lie. about their cases.
John Bishop's  personal experience as an orthopedic surgeon in Texas for many years  imbues the book with  depth and authenticity, but he never lets his expertise get in the way of the story. I loved this book,  the second in the series, for its sympathetic characters,  rich Houston setting and insight into complicated  legal and medical matters.  Believe it or not you may even end up feeling more sympathy and understanding for those high earning surgeons in their penthouse apartments!

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