Dutton, Jan 2002, 25.95, 480 pp.
In San Francisco, Parnassus Medical Group CEO Tim Markham is a victim of a hit and run accident. Tim dies in his company's Portola Hospital, but the autopsy reveals that his injuries did not kill him. Instead Tim died from an overdose of potassium.
San Francisco homicide detective Abe Glitsky believes that the doctor of record Eric Kensing killed his boss because Tim was having an affair with the prime suspect's wife and the HMO's cut costing measures threatened the lives of his patients. Attorney Dismas Hardy thinks someone else is the killer. Soon evidence surfaces that a serial killer has made the CEO victim number twelve. Now the two best friends Dismas and Abe work on uncovering the identity of a murderer before the toll reaches a baker's dozen.
THE OATH is a powerful medical thriller that will please fans of John Lescroart for returning Glitsky and Hardy to the front of a strong insightful story line. Though Eric fails to appear as a viable villain and the culprit seems obvious, the plot cuts like a surgeon's knife without unfairly lacerating HMOs like many similar novels do today. Medical thriller readers will vow that this tale is non-stop action winner.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner