Another crime fiction thriller hot on the heels of my last book review, and in this thriller crime fiction guru James Patterson teams up with old partner Andrew Gross to smelt another scorching story from the word processor! Judge & Jury stars features the unlikely heroine of a reluctant member of a jury Andie DeGrasse in a mob case, and in Nick Pellisante, FBI Agent, we find the hero, as they end up pursuing their own brand of justice when the system fails them and Dominick Cavallo escapes punishment from the law…
Whatever literary purists may say, James Patterson’s (and his co authors’) thrillers are incredibly accessible books and make fiction available to those who might otherwise not have an hour to site and wade through lengthy chapters of interminable prose!
The books are fast paced and incredibly easy to read - on the train, in a lunch hour, even while a bowl of pasta cooks! I love escaping into these novels for short dips or long chunks, and am always ready for the next James Patterson!
Miracle Cure by Michael Palmer
(Fiction: Thrillers, Fiction: General, Fiction: Modern, Fiction: Thrillers: Medical)
Michael Palmer’s Miracle Cure is just one of several Michael Palmer books I’ve read lately, so I have a stack of reviews to add to this blog! This medical thriller is among the best Palmer books I have read so far, although they are all fantastic, and I eagerly await a few spare hours to read the latest releases!
The story of Miracle Cure is told, in third person narrative, largely from the point of view of its central character, Dr Brian Holbrook, a cardiologist who is on his way back from alcoholism and addiction to prescription painkillers.
Given a second chance, Holbrook starts work at Boston’s most prestigious heart unit - rapidly gaining even more Kudos for its involvement in drug testing for the new cardiovascular miracle cure, Vasclear, a substance the reportedly reverses arterial plaque and virtually eliminates heart attack risk within weeks. Holbrook is especially keen since his father has already had one bypass operation, and is deteriorating.
Holbrook is not in a position to risk his new job, after all, it may be his one and only chance to still be a doctor. But he cannot help but notice when Vasclear patients begin to die - and not always from natural causes. Holbrook appears to be on to something sinister, and his suspicions are confirmed when first come the warnings, and then the threats, leading him to discover the sinister truth behind Vasclear…
I really enjoyed escaping into this long novel, and spent a couple of pleasant afternoons sunk into the story.
Holbrook is a very believable character, certainly not two dimensional like many fictional character, with his own problems and foibles. The story is at times tragic, but always exciting, with plenty of twists and turns to keep even the most seasoned thriller reader guessing!
Kate Blackie is author of this blog. She attended National Cathedral School. She excelled in academics. She was a president of the student council. Kate also loves athletics, camping and basketball. Kate takes part in Essay Writer Contest which is held by Edusson.