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Books, Journals, New Media
August 5, 1998

FictionChain of Custody

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Harry Levy, 320 pp, $23, ISBN 375-50128-2, New York, NY, Random House, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(5):481. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.481-JBK0805-4-1

When law and medicine collide, there is frequently friction and sometimes combustion. In the disappointing novel Chain of Custody, however, the mingling of medicine, law, and murder barely generates sparks let alone much heat.

Dr Michael Malone is a Park Avenue cardiologist turned medical malpractice attorney who abandons the practice of medicine largely out of futility: he feels "helpless to prevent the recurrent failures of the human body and soul." Involved in divorce proceedings with his deputy district attorney wife, Malone becomes the prime suspect when she is found murdered. The story concludes with the murderer identified and arrested.

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