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A Case of Need

Crichton theoretically wrote this book under an assumed name the year I was born and I wasn’t aware of it until it turned up in my super-teeny library when I was looking for a paperback to bring on the trip. It’s a medical mystery with a large cast of characters that takes place in Boston. The main character is a doctor whose colleague is arrested for a botched abortion he didn’t commit.This was pre Roe v. Wade and this was a serious offense, especially in super-Catholic Boston. The protagonist tries to clear his friend before he goes on trial for the abortion and subsequent death of the woman involved, which will surely ruin his career if not wind him up in jail. There’s a cast of likely suspects, and a lot of medical clues and trivia. It’s no Andromeda Strain, but it’s definitely an improvement over standard trade paperback mysteries.