Friday, May 01, 2015

The Oath by John Lescroart

Our book this month at the bookclub is The Oath by John Lescroart. It is the eighth book in the Dismas Hardy series. This is my first time reading a book by Lescroart.

Is it just me or are there too many characters in this book? I am on page 136. Chief of San Francisco police, Lt. Abe Glitsky and his acolytes, Bracco and Fisk, are interviewing (and videotaping) Dr. Kensing about the death of Tim Markham, CEO of an HMO called Parnassus Health.  What started off as a case of hit and run, is now a murder case. Dr. Kensing was hit and badly injured by a green car driven by some unknown person. Markham was admitted to Parnassus' flagship hospital, Portola Hospital, under the care of Dr. Kensing and now Markham is dead.  Turns out that the injuries were not the cause of death. Jackman, the DA, is happy that this is now a murder case because it allows his department to legitimately look into the shady business affairs of Parnassus.

Here is the dilemma for Dr. Kensing. He did not have a good working relationship or personal relationship with Markham.  Markham was Dr. Kensing's boss.  Their work conflict had to do with Dr. Kensing wanting to save the lives of his patients. and Parnassus wanting to save money. In their personal relationship, Markham was the lover of Dr. Kensing's wife and the reason the marriage of the Kensings ended. This leaves Dr. Kensing with motive and opportunity to murder Markham.

Adding to the drama, Glitsky's best friend is Dismas Hardy. Hardy is Dr. Kensing's lawyer. The interview is being conducted in the absence of the lawyer.

This book is holding my interest. So far I am thinking this book would make a good movie. I am anxious to see how this drama is resolved. Who did it? I am betting it is not the obvious choice, Dr Kensing.

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