Atria, Mar 2003, 23.00
Outside his professional life, Luke Creed feels he is a failure. He despises his stepfather, a Blackthorne, whom everyone else in Luke's Creed family seems to respect and love. He is a divorcee who rarely sees his two children, ten year old Brynne and six year old Midge. On the bright side his hard successful work at DeWitt and Blackthorne, one of the country's biggest law firms, is paying off as he expects partnership next year.
Luke is assigned to settle a wrongful death suit that Mrs. Anastacio filed against his client, Hyland Pharmaceutical. Apparently four children have died from “misuse” of D-Free, a pill that replaces needles for sufferers of Type I Juvenile Diabetes, a disease that Luke knows first hand because his oldest daughter suffers from it. His opposing attorney is his high school sweetheart Amy Nash, who left him because his heart was overflowing with hatred towards the Blackthornes. As he learns more about the real danger from the drug first hand and a colleague dies under mysterious conditions, Luke realizes he is on the wrong side of the table. He knows he still loves Amy and agrees that the deadly D-Free must be removed before other children including his Brynne dies.
The latest Creed tale stars the one person still holding a deep grudge Luke. He is an interesting lead protagonist and Amy is a delightful idealistic counterpart. The story line is very exciting and showcases the dangers of Juvenile Diabetes though the thrilling conspiracy subplot starring the “Evil Empire” takes away from the prime theme. Still, fans will enjoy Joan Johnston's latest Blackthorne-Creed novel and simply want more.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner