The Blockbuster Drug is my first novel. Some have jokingly called it the world's first managed care thriller, but it's really a medical thriller. Here's the set up:
The new medical director for an HMO or managed care plan notices what seems like too many of the plan's members coming down with a rare, but aggressive cancer -- and they're all taking the same "blockbuster" drug. When he tries to do something about what he believes is a bad drug, he meets resistance from all sides.
Are too many profiting to stop a bad drug?
Rafiq A. Medawar, M.D., is a rakishly handsome young surgeon. When the police find the body of his wife, Ann, in a park overlooking the Ohio River, they also discover a video on her cell phone. It shows him going into a sleazy inn with an attractive young nurse.
The prosecutor sees in the video evidence that Rafiq was having an affair. He concludes Ann confronted Rafiq, and he killed her.
Ann was taking a documentary-making class. Her classmates believe the video was part of the class project.
Ann’s best friend has her own, darker theory.
Can Devin Garner, a brilliant young attorney from the wrong side of town, discover why the video led to Ann’s murder and win an acquittal for an innocent man?
I am working on a novel set in Covington, Kentucky, in the summer of 1939 -- just before WW II breaks out in Europe. The lead character is a young reporter who is looking for the "big story" -- the story that will make his career. When Jack O'Brien watches the trial of black man, he believes the arrest and conviction are a frame-up. In a town where racism is endemic and the mob is making in-roads, who wants this man silenced -- and why? Is Jack clever enough to learn the answers and willing to risk all to nail the story?
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