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Dr. Leonard Goldberg bursts onto the literary scene with a compulsively readable, medical thriller with a serial killer twist. When someone starts killing nurses at a prestigious L.A. hospital, forsenic pathologist Joanna Blalock decides to investigate and is thrown into a spiraling vortex of deceit and danger that pits her against a murderer who may also be her boss.


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Dr. Leonard Goldberg bursts onto the literary scene with a compulsively readable, medical thriller with a serial killer twist. When someone starts killing nurses at a prestigious L.A. hospital, forsenic pathologist Joanna Blalock decides to investigate and is thrown into a spiraling vortex of deceit and danger that pits her against a murderer who may also be her boss.

30 review for Deadly Medicine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The amount of sexism in this book was tough to take. Most seemed to be intentional but I think some was not. There was also a dumb romance that seemed really forced. I couldn't understand why he paints the female character as such an intelligent, strong, independent woman and then has her fall for a sexist jerk detective. It seemed out of character and like he thought the book needed a romance or that she just needed a man. UGH, no! I was also excited to see a character named Whalen and then ann The amount of sexism in this book was tough to take. Most seemed to be intentional but I think some was not. There was also a dumb romance that seemed really forced. I couldn't understand why he paints the female character as such an intelligent, strong, independent woman and then has her fall for a sexist jerk detective. It seemed out of character and like he thought the book needed a romance or that she just needed a man. UGH, no! I was also excited to see a character named Whalen and then annoyed when he was later referred to as Whelan. But this was generally a good mystery with just the right amount of medicine thrown in. It's not in any way jargon-heavy or confusing to non-medical professionals. Also it's the first book of this series, so maybe it gets better. I actually did read two others in this series, but it was so long ago the only thing I remember is that I liked them. I might need to give them a re-read and see if I feel the same.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Rolik

    After taking a break from pleasure/escape reading as I always do at the start of a new semester, I picked up this book (on a recommendation that's already lost in the fog of distant memory). I forced myself to finish reading it because I am just that masochistic. Noting that it was written in 1992, and we have come such a long way in police, medical, and forensic procedurals, even so, this reads like a really, really, really bad cop show from the early 1970s. This author never met a cliche he di After taking a break from pleasure/escape reading as I always do at the start of a new semester, I picked up this book (on a recommendation that's already lost in the fog of distant memory). I forced myself to finish reading it because I am just that masochistic. Noting that it was written in 1992, and we have come such a long way in police, medical, and forensic procedurals, even so, this reads like a really, really, really bad cop show from the early 1970s. This author never met a cliche he didn't like, and - always the first telltale sign of mediocrity for me - would describe a character as "witty', "brilliant", or some other superlative, immediately following an exchange that was dull, inane, and, yes, loaded with cliches. Ugh. I won't go on. But I won't read any further in this series - this was quite enough.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thailanis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Incredible book, very interesting. I want to continue reading de saga. Me pareció un caso interesante y en los ataques de parte de Edward a Joanna, OMG. Debo admitir que al principio Sinclair me caía mal, pero bueno al final me cayó bien, aunque esa relación que tiene con Joanna está media rara, espero que la hayan desarrollado mejor a lo largo de la sala.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reader The Brown Bookloft

    Summary: Psychotic egomaniac uses an experimental drug to get his jollies while killing women. The police investigator in charge of the case leans heavily on the experience of an intelligent, female physician named Joanna Blalock to help him solve the crime. Ridiculous scenarios ensue.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I like medical thrillers, this one was just okay. Maybe because it's an old one it seemed and was so outdated!! I like medical thrillers, this one was just okay. Maybe because it's an old one it seemed and was so outdated!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Walker

    I got this recently at a used book store. It's interesting seeing how easily surprises could be plotted before the era of cell phones!! This series features a forensic pathologist, Joanna Blalock. These books are a fast read. He tells a pretty good story, and I coudln't figure out the killer until right before the end, which is good. Interestingly, there is not actually a lot of forensic pathology in the book. That makes it very different from the Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs books, which I got this recently at a used book store. It's interesting seeing how easily surprises could be plotted before the era of cell phones!! This series features a forensic pathologist, Joanna Blalock. These books are a fast read. He tells a pretty good story, and I coudln't figure out the killer until right before the end, which is good. Interestingly, there is not actually a lot of forensic pathology in the book. That makes it very different from the Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs books, which also feature female forensic specialists. This story involves a serial killer who is killing women and crosses paths with our heroine when the murders start to encroach on her medical center. A good vacation/beach book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Nothing to be amazed about but it took up some free time. Followed a typical mystery/murder pattern. Women are killed, someone close to protagonist, someone closer to protagonist, PD makes arrest of wrong man, right guy is found out. He reveals all his plans, it ends the way most of them end.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Rogers

    2 star medical thriller (good book but below average for the genre). More of a mystery/medical procedural than a thriller, this book is written basically in the style of Michael Palmer but it's just not as good as Palmer. For my full review, see ScienceThrillers.com 2 star medical thriller (good book but below average for the genre). More of a mystery/medical procedural than a thriller, this book is written basically in the style of Michael Palmer but it's just not as good as Palmer. For my full review, see ScienceThrillers.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    JoAnn Blalock #1

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Sweet and to the point; pretty exciting, couldn't put it down--took me two days. Swell, I'd say. Sweet and to the point; pretty exciting, couldn't put it down--took me two days. Swell, I'd say.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love that it takes to the end to pick the actual killer. I had the wrong guy more than once before the end

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paula E. Buford

  14. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  15. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara James-Richardson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monica

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan C

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cheryle Ross

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Perkimom

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alana

  24. 4 out of 5

    Slsi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Ordiales

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alison

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ellie.Bookverse

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracie purcell

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suqi

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