When medical malpractice leads to violent revenge, Irish-style…
Kieran Kelly’s world turns upside down when his wife’s health is devastated by an epidural in childbirth. Incensed by damning evidence of medical and pharmaceutical misconduct, the tormented former IRA hit man plots revenge against those he deems responsible, including a government that doesn’t seem to care.
Kelly’s quest brings him face-to-face with an alcoholic physician, an altruistic scientist and a corrupt government minister – but not before the love of a stunningly beautiful but crippled Countess makes him question his motives. He meets Countess Magda von Esterhazy at a meeting of a self-help group for victims of the uniquely painful iatrogenic (doctor-caused) disease that struck down his wife. Magda awakens feelings that he thought he had lost forever.
Meanwhile, one of Kelly’s targets, scientist Jonathan Tring, finds himself embroiled in the Machiavellian machinations of his boss, the gruff and corrupt owner of a pharmaceutical company, and his boss’s young wife, a stunning blonde Texan. In all the mayhem, Tring, too, finds love – and desperately wants to live to enjoy it.
Cry of the Needle is a searing tale of love and vengeance; revenge that is a dish best served Irish.
It is definitely a very intense narration, with much intrigue and passion. The author’s deep feelings for and identification with everyday human struggle are beautifully portrayed in many of the characters. His depth of knowledge, critical observation of the current politics and understanding of cultural nuances come out vibrantly. Spiced with romance, humour and adventure, and a sensitive and humane handling of the subject matter throughout, it was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Dr Ram Anand (Bagalore, India).
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