When a young paralegal collapses at work, the staff physicians at New City Hospital in Cincinatti are puzzled at her condition and prolonged coma. Then, a senior staff cardiologist also falls inexplicably ill and dies at work. The deaths of these two, so close together, lead the chief of staff to call an old friend who is now a homicide detective to look into the circumstances. Death Unexpected is a hospital-based murder mystery that provides an intimate glimpse into the thoughts and daily activities of various staff members in the hospital. As Detective Ron Looney and others seek to crack the case, the narrative recounts activities in both quality improvement of health care and medical treatment and diagnosis. For readers seeking a suspense-filled mystery that also enlightens, Death Unexpected does not disappoint.
“ Someone told me that this was like Goldratt’s “The Goal.” I see the similarity–both are stories that include information about how processes can go awry. But “Death Unexpected” has more story (and less instruction) than “The Goal.” Also the processes touched on in “The Goal” concern factories and “Death Unexpected” is about procedures in a hospital. So, while “The Goal” is sometimes used as a textbook, I see “Death Unexpected” as something to read for pleasure. It does seem to me, however, that health care students might enjoy reading and discussing this book as part of a class or a discussion group.
– Ramal Aug 2020
“This is a well-crafted medical mystery with crisp dialogue. It shows some of the inner workings of the hospital system and the peculiar complexities affecting medical decisions. Death Unexpected is a good read and easily understood by readers with little or no medical background. The subtle threads of humor woven through the book provide a lighter touch to some of the devilish doings.
– Nancy R Mar 2020