Summary

Boston, 1968
When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free.
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.
©1968 Jeffery Hudson; Copyright renewed 1996 by CrichtonSun LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Anonymous User on 18-03-18

Sleep inducing

Sleep inducing - I have persevered with - certainly not my choice of book - story was very dated

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2 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 12-09-18

Not Mr Cricghton's Best Work

First, let me say I was a Michael Crichton fan and an avid listener of his later works. Second, I'm glad I never encountered this early work because it might have put me off reading his later and much better works. The constant use of footnotes explaining the medical jargon that permeated the first part of the book was jarring. The book was written in 1968 and is more about abortion than actual detective work. Most definitely not a thriller.

If you're not familiar with Crichton's works, don't let this one discourage you from reading his later works. You'll be missing out on a great writer if you do that.

Nick Podehi was excellent with the delivery of the story

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5 out of 5 stars
By r.j. on 21-07-17

Classic

One of my very first Michael Crichton books. I've read it twice and really enjoyed listening to it. The narrator made it so vivid for me again like I was just reading it for the first time.

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