Marc David Veldt
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
9781502913401, $9.99, PB, 226pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: A man's life can easily be shattered by a single unfortunate event. After a patient dies following a routine operation, hospital administration needs a scapegoat. They find their victim in Dr. Jack Andrews, a brilliant anesthesiologist. Andrews's actions had no bearing on the patient's death, but he finds himself thrown to the legal wolves by his so-called colleagues as they scramble to protect themselves. Facing a relentless, amoral prosecutor and allied with a malpractice insurance company acting in its own best interests, Andrews loses everything--his money and his standing in the medical community. His money-obsessed wife divorces him, taking with her their two children. Jack's opponents think they've won. They think they're the most ruthless players in the game of life. But Jack's about to introduce them to the game's next level. He's got nothing left to lose, and a mind trained to make life-or-death decisions. People start to die--people who wronged Jack Andrews. A tense thriller, Unfortunate Event explores the dark side of operating room culture, the cutthroat world of malpractice law, and the mind of one man as his world crumbles around him.
Critique: A riveting read that never let's up from beginning to end, "Unfortunate Event" is very highly recommended for community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Unfortunate Event" is also available in a Kindle edition ($4.99).