Richard B, Reviewer
Last updated on 05 May 2020
<i>Act of Deception</i> is a fast-paced mystery that takes us inside the murky world of lawsuits for medical malpractice. Dr James Robert Brady is an excellent orthopedic surgeon who values his reputation so much that even his defence lawyers feel he is losing his perspective. This is the second novel in the Doc Brady Series by John Bishop.
Dr. Brady is being sued. Mr. William Jones (Billy) is referred to him with a knee problem due to arthritis and Brady replaces the knee. Unfortunately, infection sets in and Billy loses his whole leg 5 months later. Brady feels he did everything properly and that there must be something Billy is concealing. There is no evidence of any wrongdoing and everyone recommends the doctor pay out. To Brady his reputation is everything and he refuses to concede. So, they go to trial. Billy’s lawyer is a barracuda when it comes to suits like this, and he has an excellent investigator on his side. What does Brady need to prove his innocence when no one thinks he can avoid losing the case?
The characters in the story are compelling. Billy and his wife are nice people who can’t farm if Billy only has one leg. You want them to win the case. James Brady is a very diligent doctor and you are on his side as well. Billy’s lawyer seems crooked and his investigator is too aggressive. The author does a good job of letting you get to know all the characters and it becomes hard to decide. The reveal at the end helps you settle your concerns but up to that point it is hard to choose sides.
There are too many similar characters that are difficult to separate. The doctor’s lawyer friends all seem to be in the suing doctor business and the doctors all are orthopedic specialists. This makes it a challenge to keep everyone straight since their roles are not unique enough.
The story is well written. It is fast paced even though there is very little violent action. A few unexpected events keep the readers interest throughout. The legal and medical terms are frequent enough, but not overwhelming. As well, I feel I have learned something about how the world of medicine and law interact.
I recommend this book to people who are interested in the world of medical/legal interactions or those who just like a good mystery. I give it a 4 on 5. I want to thank Net Galley and FSB Associates for providing me with a digital copy of the novel in exchange for a fair review
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