She looked out at the courtroom, pleasant but unsmiling.
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are about to begin a trial alleging medical malpractice. I will explain that to the jurors, but first I want to establish some ground rules, especially for the spectators—and I see we have a full house today.
“You are here to listen and, for a few, perhaps to learn, but not to participate. I do not tolerate clapping, cheering, or any other disturbance in my courtroom. If anyone creates a disturbance, I will ask the bailiff to escort him or her out of the courtroom. If there is a general disturbance, I will have the courtroom cleared of spectators.”
She waited a moment and then smiled. “As long as you follow my rules, we are pleased to have you here. (p. 41)
Malpractice! the Novel is an electrifying work of realistic fiction written by an anonymous insider who worked the frontlines of the clash between the medical and legal professions during the California medical malpractice insurance crisis, which began in the 1960s. William Louis Harvey, a nom de plume, takes readers on a steamy adventure involving power, sex, lies and money in this candid courtroom suspense thriller. While Malpractice! The Novel, is a work of fiction, it is rooted in the personal experiences and firsthand knowledge the author acquired during his decades of working inside the medical industry. California in the 1960s and first half of the 1970s had already seen a dramatic increase in medical malpractice lawsuits as juries awarded progressively higher sums for “pain and suffering,” a category that had no concrete limits and caused physicians’ insurance premiums for malpractice to skyrocket. Harvey chaired a committee that reviewed all malpractice claims involving a major California hospital during the crisis. Details of some of the cases he experienced are engraved in his memory, and small portions of these tidbits find their way into Malpractice! the Novel, his first novel. Roused by a recent New York Times article about the American male novelist’s fear of addressing sexuality, Harvey interleaved honest sex histories for his novel’s characters, adding a titillating sensuality to the suspenseful novel.
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Genre – Steamy Courtroom Drama
Rating – R
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