Oakley Jordan Death's Parallel

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Death's Parallel

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Dr. Ben Pritchitt, a prominent Memphis (TN) physician, is assisting elderly and terminally ill patients in dying with dignity. In the doing, he jeopardizes everything he holds dear — his wife, family and home, his reputation and profession. Pritchitt’s daughter, Assistant District Attorney Terry Mercer, is unable to sway her father from his self-destructive course. Terry’s boss, politically ambitious D.A. Jeremy Bates, seeks the imprisonment of Pritchitt. Meanwhile, Pritchitt finds himself the unwilling partner of an obsessed serial killer, Simon, who kills young women who have had abortions. Simon imagines that he and Pritchitt have parallel destinies — both messengers of death. As a web of euthanasia, murder, kidnapping and abortion is woven, the question quickly becomes: Who will entrap Pritchitt first? The police or Simon?

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Oakley Jordan is a Memphis, Tennessee, physician. Despite having a large practice, Dr. Jordan manages to find time to write. "Writing is my passion," says Jordan. "I've always been a storyteller, and I enjoy spinning an exciting tale." Oakley Jordan is currently at work on a mystery thriller with the title, Fallen Angel.

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What begins as a fascinating account of the complexities surrounding doctor-assisted suicide turns into an intriguing if far-fetched story of dueling murderers. Dr. Ben Pritchitt, pillar of the Memphis medical community, believes that the Hippocratic oath extends to alleviating the pain of the terminally ill, even if it means losing the respect of his peers and facing criminal charges. His family disagrees, especially his daughter, an assistant district attorney who must recuse herself when her father is prosecuted for murder. Complicating Pritchitt's position further is Simon, an at-large serial killer who considers the doctor to be his partner in crime, both men being "messengers of death." Simon sends a series of confidential notes to Pritchitt that all begin "Simon says" and that hint at the whereabouts of his latest victim. Jordan fails to make the most of his material--clunky dialogue and some clumsy plotting get in the way--but the fascinating conflict between two very different "murderers" will keep most thriller fans reading. Mary Frances Wilkens
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