Cry of the Needle
by Roger Radford
My rating: 3 stars
Publisher: Roger Radford (January 17, 2014)
Publication Date: January 17, 2014
Genre: Medical Thriller | Suspense | Vigilante Justice
Print Length: 295 pages
Available from: Amazon
When medical malpractice leads to violent revenge, Irish-style...
Kieran Kelly's world turns upside down when his wife's health is devastated by an epidural in childbirth. Incensed by damning evidence of medical and pharmaceutical misconduct, the tormented former IRA hit man plots revenge against those he deems responsible, including a government that doesn't seem to care.
Kelly's quest brings him face-to-face with an alcoholic physician, an altruistic scientist and a corrupt government minister – but not before the love of a stunningly beautiful but crippled Countess makes him question his motives. He meets Countess Magda von Esterhazy at a meeting of a self-help group for victims of the uniquely painful iatrogenic (doctor-caused) disease that struck down his wife. Magda awakens feelings that he thought he had lost forever.
Meanwhile, one of Kelly's targets, scientist Jonathan Tring, finds himself embroiled in the Machiavellian machinations of his boss, the gruff and corrupt owner of a pharmaceutical company, and the man’s stunning young American wife. In all the mayhem, Tring, too, finds love – and desperately wants to live to enjoy it.
Cry of the Needle is a searing tale of love and vengeance. Revenge that is a dish best served Irish.
Cry of the Needle by Roger Radford
Teresa Kelly was the victim of a heinous medical mistake and the cowardly cover up of the medical profession, but her husband, Kieran is just the man to know how to extract revenge. A former IRA hitman, Kieran has no fear of violence and he knows how to slowly strip the flesh off both the medical and pharmaceutical industries exposing both human error, corruption and greed. He knows how to exact his own brand of revenge, because someone has to pay and the truth needs to be known.
Roger Radford’s CRY OF THE NEEDLE is a darkly terrifying and gritty tale of loss, love and a man driven to let the world know, through any means.
The rock solid beginning is raw, the mystique surrounding the medical profession make this thriller a tale that will resonate in a personal way. We all depend on medical professionals, pharmaceutical professionals and our governments to be our guardians, our saviors, our mechanics, but is that trust grounded in truth or the need for humanity to believe that a physician will do no harm? Aren’t they humans with failings and frailties, too, greed and lies being just two of them?
Far from a straightforward medical thriller this tale grows legs like a centipede as we follow the path Kieran takes in his quest. I found the introduction and development of the varied characters to make this a more balanced tale. There is a promise of love, patsies left to take the fall and the guilty.
Dark and gritty with a few speed bumps along the way that almost feel disconnected from the main plot, it is the author’s personal message at the end that make this thriller an eye-opening experience.