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Accidental Death, written by Peter Baily, is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of trust, justice, and the ethical gray areas that can arise within the medical field. The story follows the protagonist, Dr. Ben Ashton, as his life takes an unexpected turn when he becomes entangled in a series of suspicious deaths at the hospital where he works.

Baily's writing style is concise yet engaging, allowing the reader to become fully immersed in the narrative from the very beginning. He seamlessly weaves together multiple plotlines, creating a sense of urgency and intrigue that keeps the pages turning. The author's own medical background lends authenticity to the medical aspects of the story, providing a sense of realism that adds to the overall suspense.

One of the strengths of Accidental Death lies in its well-developed and relatable characters. Dr. Ben Ashton, in particular, is a flawed yet compelling protagonist, burdened by the moral dilemmas he faces throughout the novel. Baily skillfully explores the internal struggles of his characters, demonstrating how even the most well-intentioned individuals can be driven to desperation when faced with the prospect of challenging the status quo.

The exploration of medical ethics is one of the novel's most compelling aspects. Baily raises thought-provoking questions about the balance between patient care, personal integrity, and institutional responsibility. He deftly depicts the challenges faced by healthcare professionals who find themselves caught between their duty to save lives and the fear of retribution for uncovering the truth.

The pacing of Accidental Death is another standout feature. Baily introduces unexpected twists and turns at just the right moments, ensuring that the reader remains invested in the outcome. The narrative flows smoothly, blending suspenseful moments with introspective and contemplative scenes that deepen both the plot and character development.

If there is a minor flaw in Accidental Death, it lies in the occasionally heavy-handed dialogue. At certain points, the characters delve into lengthy discussions that feel slightly contrived, diminishing the otherwise natural rhythm of the narrative. However, this minor flaw is easily outweighed by the overall strength of the storytelling.

In conclusion, Accidental Death is a riveting novel that combines fast-paced suspense with profound ethical dilemmas. Peter Baily's skillful writing and well-drawn characters captivate the reader, making it difficult to put down. This thought-provoking exploration of morality and justice within the medical field will resonate long after the final page is turned.

First Page:



The most dangerous of weapons is the one you don't know is loaded.

Illustrated by Schoenherr


The wind howled out of the northwest, blind with snow and barbed with ice crystals. All the way up the half mile precipice it fingered and wrenched away at groaning ice slabs. It screamed over the top, whirled snow in a dervish dance around the hollow there, piled snow into the long furrow plowed ruler straight through streamlined hummocks of snow.

The sun glinted on black rock glazed by ice, chasms and ridges and bridges of ice. It lit the snow slope to a frozen glare, penciled black shadow down the long furrow, and flashed at the furrow's end on a thing of metal and plastics, an artifact thrown down in the dead wilderness.

Nothing grew, nothing flew, nothing walked, nothing talked. But the thing in the hollow was stirring in stiff jerks like a snake with its back broken or a clockwork toy running down. When the movements stopped, there was a click and a strange sound began. Thin, scratchy, inaudible more than a yard away, weary but still cocky, there leaked from the shape in the hollow the sound of a human voice.

"I've tried my hands and arms and they seem to work," it began. "I've wiggled my toes with entire success. It's well on the cards that I'm all in one piece and not broken up at all, though I don't see how it could happen... Continue reading book >>

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