Crime Drama Review: Malpractice! The Novel by William Louis Harvey
Release Date - June 19, 2013
William Louis Harvey
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Before you even get to the meat of the story in Malpractice! The Novel, the author fills readers in regarding the history behind the novel, a period he calls the "medical malpractice insurance crisis." I know every reader is different, but I disliked having the author tell me things that I'd prefer to figure out by being "shown" while reading the book. Given that, I ended up skipping much of the acknowledgements and introduction and simply started reading the story.
The story does open with quite a hook. An innocent one at that, a young girl playing on a swingset falls and hits her head. The story then starts introducing Paul Butler, one of the key players in the story.
Kathy Miller, now 13, is that young girl. Her malpractice trial is just getting started with Paul Butler serving as her lawyer. Much of the story details the case, as it plays out to the verdict. Readers quickly learn that Butler and the judge assigned to the case had an affair, so realistically, the judge shouldn't even be hearing this case.
That leads me to the other portion of this story. Butler is fascinated with the opposite sex, going back to one of his first sexual encounters as a teen. He's married, but that doesn't stop him from dabbling in extramarital affairs. His developing relationship with an associate at his firm is also explored in this novel, breaking up the legal suspense and turning it into a bit of an erotic romance from time to time.
I liked the malpractice side of the story. The relatively graphic sex scenes were not my thing, however. I don't mind a heated romance from time to time, but to me the sexual aspect of the story didn't quite mesh with the case at hand. It made it hard for me to really like the characters, and that made it hard to love Malpractice! The Novel.