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A Case of Need (1968)

de Michael Crichton

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The death of a doctor's daughter may be malpractice--or murder--in this novel by a #1 New York Times-bestselling author: "I loved it" (Stephen King). In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randall's teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood? The natural suspect is Arthur Lee, a brilliant surgeon and known abortionist, who has been carrying out the illegal procedure with the help of pathologist John Berry. After Karen dies, Lee is thrown in jail on a murder charge, and only Berry can prove his friend wasn't the one who wielded the scalpel. Behind this gruesome death, Berry will uncover a secret that would shock even the most hardened pathologist. An Edgar Award-winning novel by the author of such blockbusters as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park--and creator of the long-running NBC drama ER--A Case of Need is a "superb" medical-thriller mystery (Los Angeles Times). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author's estate.… (mais)
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  AICRAG | Mar 30, 2020 |
It was like one of the best Law and Order episodes I've ever watched. ( )
  barajash29 | Jan 22, 2020 |
Not Crichton’s Best Work…Not Even Close

A Case of Need is the story of Dr. John Berry’s efforts to clear his fellow doctor and friend, Dr. Arthur Lee, after a teenager in his care dies from an illegal abortion. My first thought for a title for this review was, ‘You’ll need a scorecard to follow all the characters in this somewhat preachy, meandering plot involving an obstinate doctor who wants to play detective but has no idea how the criminal justice system works.’ But that seemed a bit long.

As mentioned above, the story deals with abortion and the need to broaden/relax the laws. So, depending on your political and religious leanings, you may find the story anywhere between contemporary and thought-provoking to depraved and immoral. Be advised.

Beyond the ethical position it takes, there is a story here with some suspense and good pacing. The suspense is provided by assembling a myriad of suspects and digging into the background of several witnesses, many of whom have their own secrets – drug use, infidelity, self-destructive behavior, deceitfulness. And surprisingly, Berry, with no authority and only some vague background in the Military Police, unearths all of this information singlehandedly. But after doing so, he doesn’t understand he has more than enough to raise reasonable doubt; then he doesn’t want to use this information because it’s too “dirty;” finally, he complains that the lawyer didn’t use it aggressively enough. The only consistency I could find in Berry was that he always wanted to play it alone and as a result, the circumstances that pitted him against the world were of his own making. That behavior doesn’t gain my empathy and tends to make my mind wander to other books I could be reading.

As a long-time Crichton fan, I thought I’d always be able to recommend one of his stories. I was wrong. My advice, look elsewhere for your reading entertainment. ( )
  BMPerrin | Sep 17, 2019 |
Early Crichton novel, from 1968, shows promise but is a tangle of too many characters, late surprise revelations that really don’t have anything to do with the main plot thread, and an up-in-the-air ending with the protagonist, after 400 pages of dogged investigation, seeming to just walk away from the final reveal.

Essentially, it’s the story of a doctor who is falsely accused of performing an illegal abortion that results in the death of a young woman from a prominent family. The protagonist, a friend of the accused, sets out to determine what really happened, and uncovers a coiling nest of prominent people with dirty secrets. It’s not a bad story, but it’s certainly the first novel I’ve ever read with footnotes. Somebody apparently thought it would be a good idea to footnote virtually every medical term used in the text – a disruptive and largely unnecessary step.

It’s a compelling read until the last quarter of the book, when the cast of characters reaches critical mass and the reader really has trouble remembering who was what and how they all tie together.
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  LyndaInOregon | Dec 14, 2018 |
This book was first published in 1968 under the pen name of Jeffrey Hudson. It is a medical mystery written while Crichton was attending Harvard Medical School. I found it interesting to read one of his early novels. These novels were written under various pen names, and until recently, I had not known they existed. I could see the beginnings of his fast paced, very readable writing style. I could also see the beginnings of "ER", the television show he created which I watched faithfully. Crichton weaved many technical medical details into the storyline of this book, and I could see the beginnings of his techno thrillers. I enjoyed the medical references and didn't expect to learn so much from a novel written fifty years ago.

The plot left a lot to be desired - especially in the last third of the book where it became very far fetched. Another thing that bothered me was his blatant sexism. For example, there were over a dozen doctors mentioned in the book and not one was a woman. Most of the women in the novel were referred to as "girls". Although the woman's movement was well under way by the time this novel was written, there were plenty of male chauvinists around and Crichton was clearly one of them.

While this was not a great novel, I did enjoy it and would recommend it for Michael Crichton fans. ( )
  slsmith101 | Sep 20, 2018 |
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The death of a doctor's daughter may be malpractice--or murder--in this novel by a #1 New York Times-bestselling author: "I loved it" (Stephen King). In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randall's teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood? The natural suspect is Arthur Lee, a brilliant surgeon and known abortionist, who has been carrying out the illegal procedure with the help of pathologist John Berry. After Karen dies, Lee is thrown in jail on a murder charge, and only Berry can prove his friend wasn't the one who wielded the scalpel. Behind this gruesome death, Berry will uncover a secret that would shock even the most hardened pathologist. An Edgar Award-winning novel by the author of such blockbusters as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park--and creator of the long-running NBC drama ER--A Case of Need is a "superb" medical-thriller mystery (Los Angeles Times). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author's estate.

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