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Good Medical/Murder Mystery with Historical Perspective
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2017
I always loved Michael Crichton and thought I had read all of his novels. Surprise! There are some that were written under an alias, mostly while he was in medical school. This one was written in the mid-sixties, when abortion, for the most part, was illegal. I was in high school in New Jersey in the mid-sixties, and there were a few stories of girls who were sent by their parents to Mexico and other countries for abortions. But, although it includes some some deep discussions, the story isn't really a pro-con thing about a woman's right to choose. It is, first and foremost, a mystery revolving around an abortion that ended in death - and it certainly is a good mystery! Whodunit? I didn't guess it, and so the ending was a "reveal" for me. All of Crichton's novels seem to have an educational aspect, and this one certainly did, even containing footnotes, but I found them easily checked or just as easily ignored on my Kindle. The story's the thing, but for the curious the book is also filled with information. It was written when Critchton was a beginning writer, and so maybe not as polished as his later works, but I thought it was great.