Act of Murder

John Bishop

Mantid Press,  March 2020

On a beautiful spring day in Houston, Texas, in 1994, Dr. Jim Bob Brady, orthopedic surgeon at University Hospital, witnesses a hit-and-run accident. The victim is his neighbor’s child, Stevie Huntley, who suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a brittle bone disease. Stevie is dead at the scene, and detectives declare the event an Act of Murder. Detective Susan Beeson, the lead detective and daughter of the Police Chief, enlists Brady, his wife Mary Louise, and their son J. J. in discovering the identity of the killer. Soon, there are two more deaths, as the team encounters a macabre conspiracy involving unsavory people in the medical and legal professions.From the ivory towers of academic medicine, to the downtown skyscrapers full of attorneys, to the shores of Galveston, Brady sadly finds the old adage holds true…the love of money is, in fact, the root of all evil.

Lost for over 20 years, Act of Murder is the first rediscovered novel in a new medical thriller series set in the changing environment of medicine in the mid-1990s. Bishop’s sense of humor and surprising wit create a story of medical miscreants capable of murder, mayhem, and greed. His 30 years as a practicing orthopedic surgeon give the reader a unique glimpse into the medical world with all its problems, intricacies and complexities, while at the same time revealing the compassion and dedication of most health care professionals.

| ISBN: 9781796855968 | Publication Date: March 2020