|Plot Summary of Lie Still|
Morrow, Oct 2003, 24.95, 372 pp.
In Glory, Arizona Dr. Malcolm Ishmail works the local hospital's emergency room, a far cry from his days in Phoenix. He ponders how far he could fall due to ethically reporting the failures of his lover neurosurgeon Mimi Lyle only he was asked to leave town. He has to end his musing because his thirteen years old asthmatic patient Henry Rojelio turns blue and soon becomes comatose. Malcolm has no idea what happened only that he must leave town again.
Over the next seven years later, Malcolm works where he can find employment as a traveling "itinerant physician". Mostly he performs medical work in tiny Nebraska towns. As he has done since Phoenix he reflects back to Mimi, though an incompetent, she sat at the acme of her profession as a superstar. Ultimately, he wonders if Mimi is at the heart of his spiral downward or is he just paranoid. He knows first hand how vengeful she can be, but that was then in Arizona and this is now in Nebraska. Malcolm knows he can never go home though there is one person he would like to see smile.
LIE STILL is an exciting medical thriller with a tremendous twist of an ending. Malcolm has learned the hard way that often politics supersedes ethics as no good deed goes unpunished. He a superb protagonist as he wallows in disappointment as to what happened to his career when he challenged those with the gold like Professor Mimi Lyle.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Lie Still|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
- bad docs cutting corners
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- crazed boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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