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Mortal Judgment

Mortal Judgment

A Legal Medical Mystery

Vicki Shea Series (Volume 1)

John Peak

Thomas Dunne Books

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Vicki Shea, a San Francisco malpractice lawyer with a medical degree, is a good choice for surgeon Arnold Jones. Jones faces a malpractice suit that could virtually wreck his career. He is accused of having caused the sudden death of a rich and powerful businesswoman. He is urged by everyone to settle, but he refuses. He knows he wasn't at fault, and won't say he was.

As Vicki begins work on the case, she finds that someone wants her to stop: a concrete block is dropped on her car on the freeway; there is missing information on the death certificate; both pathologists who look into the case for Vicki die suddenly; and the attemps on Vicki's life escalate.
In this dramatic thriller, where every medical and legal detail is accesible and engrossing, Peak has written his best and most important book yet.

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BLOOD PRESSURE'S DOWN a little bit."
"No, Garrett! Don't do that to me!"
The anesthesiologist, Garrett McDonald, was hidden behind a tent, his voice coming through the green sterile drapes. "What's going on? Anything going on?"
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"Peak’s best so far (Blood Relations, 1997, etc.), thanks to an engrossing and vivid cast, particularly the brainy, flinty, flirty, ever-honest Vicki, who in spite of her frailties (or probably because of them) is quintessentially lovable. " - Kirkus Reviews

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John Peak

John A. Peak is a lawyer in private practice living in San Francisco , California. He spent 13 years with the office of the City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco where he represented San Francisco General Hospital, the Paramedic Division and other health agencies. He has also represented a number of San Francisco police officers in civil cases, including a number of high profile trials.

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