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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner