A Case Of Need, Paperback Book
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


Was it murder? Was it horribly botched surgery - accidental malpractice?

Was someone in the great Boston medical centre -violating the Hippocratic oath?

No one knows exactly. . . Only one doctor is willing to push his way through the mysterious maze of hidden medical data and shocking secrets to learn the truth.

This explosive medical thriller is vintage Michael Crichton - with the breathtaking blend of riveting suspense and authentic medical detail that has made him one of today's most fascinating writers.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099601012



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I had to struggle through this novel. It is an early oeuvre and it shows. In the introduction Crichton virtually apologises for the novel. He explains he “didn’t agonize over whether I was expressing myself; I didn’t worry about art’ I was writing under a pseudonym, at very high speed”. The subject matter was all there as usual, it was the characterisation that was missing. This is a 400 page book that should be 600 pages. I couldn’t empathise with the characters because they were just names. I couldn’t even remember who was who because they were that unmemorable! No really worth seeking out.

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