Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Murder by Another Name by Jo Stone

Product Description:
This captivating murder mystery depicts the exposure of a breast implant manufacturer whose products have caused the development of cancer in patients. As she is leaving her lover/client/friend Dr. Dan MacNamara , Sherri Barker, a detail person for PolySurgical Specialties, a manufacturer of polyurethane coated breast implants, is killed by a car bomb. Dr. MacNamara happens to be the plastic surgeon who inserted PSS breast implants into Pamela Lawson, who is awaiting a liver transplant for liver cancer. Her attorney, Janet Stephenson, has filed a product's liability suit against PSS and Dr. MacNamara is a key witness for PSS. Ms Barker, however, had just delivered to him secret internal studies which showed that all animals tested by PSS developed liver cancer. PSS and its cohort, Conway Chemical, have set out to kill Dr. MacNamara, and Janet Stephenson's two expert witnesses, biomaterials scientists from Canada. Meanwhile, a television network reporter and an FDA investigator are preparing a special on the PSS implants, which airs just before the Lawson v. PSS trial. The investigation and intrigue related to the murder continue right up to the Lawson v. PSS trial, and coordinate with the criminal investigation and grand jury indictment of the principals at PSS and Conway and their murderous lackeys.
A native of Colorado, Jo Stone is an attorney who has tried many silicone gel breast implant cases and has been involved in all of the excitement surrounding the complicated preparation and trial of those cases. This wife and mother of four is also a college professor who has taught English literature, Humanities, Business and Law courses throughout her legal career Jo attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned my B.A. and M.A. in English literature and Juris Doctorate degrees.

My Thoughts:
This was a pretty good book. Pamela is waiting for her case to go to trial while she is waiting on a liver transplant and just fighting to stay alive. The company that caused her cancer and whom she is suing is PSS. They made the breast implants that have been proven to cause cancer, but will go to great lengths to keep the secret....even murder!
This book has deception, suspense, murder and lots more. I liked how determined Pamela's attorney, Janet Stephenson is through the whole book. The courtroom scenes were realistic and you feel empathy for Pamela and her horrible situation. It is quite a large book but the pages pass quickly!
I rate this a 3/5. It was a good book, but a one time read.

Thank you to bostick for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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