Sunday, 15 November 2015

Where Death Is a Hunter by Christopher Stookey

An exciting, well-written, fast-paced book that is a mix of medical drama, legal drama, and mystery.
It kept my attention from cover to cover, and with a multitude of suspects it was impossible to identify the offender before the climax.
The author is a doctor and his medical background shows in the stories realistic feel. He focuses on what's important and doesn't get bogged down with irrelevant details and jargon, which makes this book easy to read and understand.
Hannah is such a great character, that she slightly overshadows the supporting cast, who weren't quite as fleshed out but still believable.

I received an eCopy of Where Death Is a Hunter from Christopher Stookey in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


Hannah Fâtier is a thirty-two-year-old physician fresh out of residency training. She’s just started her first job as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco, she’s bought a new home, and she’s engaged to be married.

In short, life is good for Hannah--until, one day, tragedy strikes. A patient under her care dies unexpectedly during a routine operation. An investigation into the case reveals the cause of death to be a basic medical error committed by Hannah. Wracked with guilt, Hannah falls into a malaise of depression and self-castigation. Yet the more she ponders where she went wrong, the more she realizes that something about the way her patient died doesn’t add up. Digging deeper into the records of the case, Hannah discovers a number of puzzling inconsistencies. She begins to suspect someone has framed her for a fatal medical mistake she didn’t make. But who would do such a thing and why? And, more importantly, why did her patient really die that day on the operating table?

Where Death Is a Hunter is a medical mystery dealing with hospital death, a dark enigma, one doctor’s self-doubt, and the search for redemption.

The Author:

For his day job, Christopher Stookey is an emergency physician, but he has been a book lover and avid reader all his life, ever since he discovered the Hardy Boy mystery books when he was 7-years-old.

Christopher started writing stories of his own in his teens, embarrassingly bad tales of teenage angst and pimpled juvenile idealism. His medical career took him temporarily away from writing. However, over the past five years, He has returned to his earlier passion, and has written two novels, both medical mystery/thrillers: Terminal Care and Where Death Is a Hunter. The novels are published by the small, Massachusetts-based press, Silver Leaf Books.

Christopher has also written a memoir about his father who, at age 83, suffered a devastating stroke that left him conscious yet paralyzed, unable to talk and communicate. Do Go Gentle is the story of  his family's anguished decision to stop further hospital treatment and bring his father home to die with dignity.

Christopher loves the outdoors, and enjoys surfing and mountain biking. In addition,  he is a hopeless animal lover (animals make frequent appearances in his books).  He lives in Laguna Beach, California with his wife and two shelter mutts, Kobi and Joshi.

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