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Unnatural Causes Reviews
It's not that the book is too long but that the trip was too short. I stuck this in my pocket for a plane trip home. It kept me entertained during the trip, but after I got home I put it aside in favor of more engrossing fare. I tried restarting it a few weeks later, but again put it aside.What led me to start this book in the first place, and I suspect the hook for most readers, is the fact that the senior author is Thomas Noguchi, formerly the chief medical examiner of Los Angeles County who was involved in the post mortems of many celebrities. The parts of the book I liked best are those in which the protagonist, Dr. Parker, who not coincidentally is an ME investigating the mysterious death of a noted celebrity, functions as a medical examiner. Unfortunately, Parker, perhaps fulfilling some fantasy of the author's, avails himself of every opportunity to get out of the morgue and act like an ordinary detective, chasing clues and interviewing witnesses. Those parts were not exactly a turn off, just not interesting enough for me to continue with better reads at hand.
When a Hollywood star drowns in the ocean it appears to be accidental, but Dr. Thomas Parker, Medical Examiner is disturbed by some strange marks on the dead man's body. Dr. Parker goes into the seedy underbelly of the entertainment world to find the truth, despite having many people against him. I started watching Quincy, M.E. on DVD and decided to read this book. Coauthor Thomas Noguchi's cases have included Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Tate and Bobby Kennedy. The book held my interest and was a quick read and I found the world of forensic medicine fascinating.
An entertaining "quick" read. Noguchi's main character is very likeable. Dialogue is well written. The story itself is not very riveting. Eric Parker is a coroner who looks beyond the obvious "natural causes" and discovers the victim's death is a product of murder. He goes on to solve the case. Pretty straight forward story line...lonely, single, intelligent coroner, hollywood/actor victim, surley boss, drug users, etc. A nice easy to read book to fall asleep by.
Properly twisted medical murder mystery. Not much science and tech compared to today's better stuff, but probably a bit aggressive for the late 1980s when it was published. Balanced multiple sub plots. Everything comes together at the end in a classic way. Once I got past a certain point, I didn't want to put it down.
An engaging and entertaining quick read. The main protagonist's character was nicely developed and the plot interesting and quite well paced, as far as crime mysteries go this doesn't reinvent the genre, nonetheless if you want something entertaining to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this does the trick.
Nothing all that exciting, but did hold my interest. Enjoyed the main character. Not a real 4 star rating, but better than 3 star.
I like all these PD James books.