The relationship began with a symphony concert, opera, and some excellent restaurants, and they were in bed together after the third date. The sex was good, and she was particularly pleased by the contrast with her ex-husband.
After their first intercourse and almost simultaneous orgasms, she lay relaxed in bed on her side, with her breasts against his arm, and discussed her ex-husband’s sexual prowess—or lack thereof.
“When we were first married, he was pretty good. Then when the drinking got serious, he could only get it up now and then. You remember that wonderful line of Shakespeare by the gatekeeper in Macbeth about drinking and screwing: ‘it provoketh the desire but taketh away the performance.’” (p. 34)
Malpractice! the Novel is an electrifying work of realistic fiction written by an anonymous insider who worked the frontlines of the clash between the medical and legal professions during the California medical malpractice insurance crisis, which began in the 1960s. William Louis Harvey, a nom de plume, takes readers on a steamy adventure involving power, sex, lies and money in this candid courtroom suspense thriller. While Malpractice! The Novel, is a work of fiction, it is rooted in the personal experiences and firsthand knowledge the author acquired during his decades of working inside the medical industry. California in the 1960s and first half of the 1970s had already seen a dramatic increase in medical malpractice lawsuits as juries awarded progressively higher sums for “pain and suffering,” a category that had no concrete limits and caused physicians’ insurance premiums for malpractice to skyrocket. Harvey chaired a committee that reviewed all malpractice claims involving a major California hospital during the crisis. Details of some of the cases he experienced are engraved in his memory, and small portions of these tidbits find their way into Malpractice! the Novel, his first novel. Roused by a recent New York Times article about the American male novelist’s fear of addressing sexuality, Harvey interleaved honest sex histories for his novel’s characters, adding a titillating sensuality to the suspenseful novel.
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Genre – Steamy Courtroom Drama
Rating – R
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