Mysterious Press.com/Open Road, Feb 10 2015, $14.95
Neurosurgeon Dr. McElroy performs surgery while singing Stairway to Heaven. OR Nurse Molina becomes concerned when the surgeon working on the C2 vertebrae nicks the C4 vertebrae causing an unchecked fluid leakage. Molina voices her fears, but McElroy reacts by throwing her out of the OR.
Personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Tug Wyler and criminal lawyer Henry Benson meet with former neurologist Mickey Mack at Manhattan’s Jingles Dance Bonanza. The attorneys watch in amazement as extremely popular erotic dancer Cookie’s performs in a halo brace and stilettos. They learn from her about her slipping on a banana peel and the subsequent spinal surgeries leading Mack to speculate that the physician screwed up. Cookie also says her boyfriend Major a doctor sent her to McElroy and malpractice lawyer Chris Charles. To Tug’s chagrin Henry takes on Claudette “Cookie” Krumke as a client for both of them.
Tug receives a call from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome investigator (don’t call him bill collector) Robert Killroy over paying fourteen dollars and change to Wang’s Dry Cleaning for ruining a seven hundred dollar suit. When Robert howls in pain due to a van running over his ankle, Tug thinks he has a new client.
The latest Tug Wyler Mystery (see Suzy’s Case) is a delightful legal thriller due to a solid three dimensional cast. Tug represents two fascinating clients; deals with a personal perjury charge brought by a third client; receives torture by a pair of female shrews respectively at home and in the office, and further blows to his psyche by his three children. Told with tongue in cheek humor, readers will enjoy the antics of wisecracking Wyler whose musing asides enhance the storyline.