Five Star, Feb 2004, 25.95, 248 pp.
By 2030 the Moralist Party rules supreme in the United States after decades of showing the hypocrisies of the two former major political parties and pushing Christian principals in support of life. Death is outlawed as machines keep people alive regardless of the illness or injury. In Des Moines, Dr. Patricia Jewett deals with the end of death as a medical practitioner at the Chronic Care Facility of the C. Everett Koop Memorial Hospital.
Patricia somewhat stays detached until her mentor Dr. Shobert arrives paralyzed and apparently brain dead from a vehicle accident. Machines keep him alive. When Shobert convulses, Patricia wants to observe the symptoms, but Nurse Krystal Fantalla forces a confrontation. The next day Patricia finds Krystal dead in Shobert's room. Homicide Detective David Scott investigates, but wants to date Patricia and mostly needs to keep her safe as someone with plenty of power wants her and her comatose patient dead.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner