To Speak For the Dead ~ by Paul Levine

Dr Roger Stanton is on trial for malpractice –  or was what he did murder?  It seems the good doctor’s hand might have slipped while performing a laminectomy on Philip Corrigan and cut an aorta instead.   Stanton went to Jake Lassiter for his defense and Lassiter found that Stanton was slippery guy,   not always telling the whole truth.  For instance,  Stanton and the widow of the patient, the ex-stripper Melanie Corrigan, had been having a little affair and Stanton was smitten.   Good enough for a motive to kill?   And then there’s Susan Corrigan,  Philip’s daughter by his deceased wife – what’s she got to do with it?

To Speak for the Dead
by Paul Levine
1990 / 307 pages
read by Luke Daniels  10h 7m 
rating:  A  crime (legal thriller) 

Lassiter is the protagonist of a whole list of  legal thrillers (a huge favorite genre of mine) and we’re being introduced here.

So the patient actually dies about 12 hours after a successful laminectomy.   The widow  sues for malpractice and the doctor hires Lassiter to defend him.  Easy case – Lassiter wins – and then the action begins because if it wasn’t the operation,  what and who was it that killed Corrigan?  And

There’s a Latin loving Dr Charlie Riggs who is very helpful to Jake and I think he’ll be regular character in the series.  Charlie is a retired medical examiner who says it’s his job “to speak for the dead,”    And Lassiter’s grandmother enters the picture, too.

Lots of fun –