A Case Of Need by Jeffery Hudson

Looks like I got this review posted later rather then sooner, and for that I apologize. Anyways, on to the review. A Case Of Need tells the story of John Barry, a pathologist at a Boston hospital who learns that his friend, Art Lee has been implicated in the death of Karen Randall, daughter of prominent Boston heart surgeon J.D. Randall. Karen died 0f blood loss because of a poorly done abortion (please note that this book was written and published in 1968, 5 years before the Roe v. Wade case). My thoughts and opinions on abortion aside (I feel this is neither the time nor place to discuss it), A Case Of Need is a well written mystery novel, that delves into more issues then just abortion. Other issues covered are medical politics, for example if doctors were to report every bar room brawl they treated, as required by law, they would spend a bigger percentage of their time testifying in court, and less time practicing medicine; and racial politics Art Lee being part Chinese being the prime example. These smaller, but nonetheless important issues brought up by A Case Of Need are too often overlooked by those seeking to promote or condemn the main issue of the novel. All in all, A Case Of Need, is a well written mystery dealing with hot topic issues of the day, both then and now. It truly deserves its Edgar Award.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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