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Willful neglect

by Morgan, Mary, 1931-

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction Morgan
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  Morgan
"When a black couple, Angel and Joseph Ambrose, walk into attorney Noah Richards's office on a November morning, his life changes. Richards is struggling to keep his practice afloat in an economically depressed logging town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Under the present circumstances, the last case he should take is a difficult wrongful death suit." "Angel Ambrose is convinced that her young son Jordan died because of a local hospital's neglect. Outraged over his death, she commits herself to making sure the hospital pays for its wrongdoing, and she persuades Richards to at least look into her case. What he reads in the hospital records shocks him and convinces him to take up Angel's cause."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "If a community hospital has an unassailable position in a small town, some of its medical staff may become careless. When racial hatred compounds carelessness, willful neglect can happen. Five-year-old African American Jordy Ambrose dies under suspicious circumstances. His parents ask lawyer Noah Richards to sue. When one of Jordy's nurses--the one who had complained about his pediatrician and surgeon--skips town and another runs out of his office, Richards becomes interested, and after being warned by the hospital's lawyer and, more roughly, by a militia type guarding the town-skipper's empty house, he agrees to the pleas of Jordy's parents (Angel wants public revenge, Joseph would settle for money). Then Bella, Noah's secretary as she was his father's before him, finds the records of Richards senior's potential suit against the hospital and the same surgeon, and Noah really digs for some answers. Morgan develops Noah's character and his relationships with others without dragging in much sex or violence and tells an engaging story, anyway. William Beatty"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "There's a lot of loss in Morgan's debut, a mediocre mystery whose easy swipes at racism deteriorate into boilerplate moralizing. First, there's the loss of Jordan Ambrose, a five-year-old African American boy who dies of a bacterial infection at St. Mary's hospital in Springwell, a moribund town 60 miles from Seattle. The grieving parents approach Noah Richards, a white attorney who has fled the grind of L.A. corporate paperwork for the simpler life of country lawyering in the town where his father (now dead) practiced. Reluctant at first, Richards eventually comes to believe that Jordan's death was due to negligence‘especially after several specialists back him up and when Nita Barnes, a nurse who was genuinely concerned about Jordan's care, leaves town hastily. Richards doesn't like the looks of Barnes's neanderthal neighbor, who raises pit bulls and has ties to one of the doctors involved in Jordan's case. Still reeling from his wife's death from cancer several years earlier, Richards slowly comes to the conclusion that Jordan was allowed to die because he was black; and this leads to yet another loss‘of his faith in his hometown. A decent man, Richards calls up sympathy easily. But Morgan indulges in melodrama and stock characterizations, as when she describes a racist doctor as having "gingery hair with... a strong Boston Irish accent." In the end, her mystery founders on its one-dimensional treatment of the evils of bigotry. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Noah Richards mystery
#1 - Willful neglect
#2 - Deeper waters
Subjects African American children -- Death -- Fiction.
Wrongful death -- Fiction.
Cities and towns -- Washington (State) -- Fiction.
Washington (State) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Thomas Dunne book."
Description 244 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0312156944
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