A Case of Need

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: BN8431
Released: Aug 04, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501216268
Narrator/s: Nick Podehl
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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"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. A Case of Need was adapted to the screen as The Carey Treatment, directed by Blake Edwards and starring James Coburn."

Professional reviews

"Michael Crichton's award-winning debut mystery, published under a pseudonym, transports listeners back to1960s Boston, when smoking was legal and abortions were illegal. Narrator Nick Podehl perfectly renders pathologist John Berry's fears when his close friend, Dr. Lee, is arrested for the botched abortion and death of Karen Randall. His nuanced portrayal of the girl's father's outrage and stunned grief is fully convincing. He uses a measured pace and tone to portray Berry's investigation to prove his friend's innocence, which includes a shocking revelation: Karen didn't need an abortion--she wasn't pregnant. The medical terminology, which Podehl delivers well, reflects the medicine of the times and is explained in the seven appendices that complete the book. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"