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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Malpractice! The Novel by William Louis Harvey @sexandlawnovel #AmReading #Legal #Fiction

Despite Paul’s sexual frustration, his high-school years passed relatively happily, as they did for most of the boys in town. Paul gradually discovered his own talents and peculiarities. He had dates with many of the girls in his class, as well as with girls from lower and higher classes. Most dates were chaste, ending with a light kiss at the girl’s door. Girls (and their parents) felt safe with him because he dressed well, was polite and articulate, and never bragged to his friends about how far he got on a date.

In the later years of high school, he began to make a little sexual progress. He learned to tell which girls were interested in going a little further. This started with the French kiss, which was initiated by him and eventually became mutual. When that began to seem dull, Paul found a girl in his class who had a plain face but a well-developed figure; she enjoyed him putting his hands on her breasts, outside her sweater or shirt, and caressing her breasts and nipples. However, although she moaned with pleasure, his attempt to get his hand under her sweater was stopped cold. After several dates with similar results, forcing him to masturbate in the bathroom when he got home, he gave up and moved on, earning nasty looks from her during the next few months. (pp 21-22) Malpractice! the Novel


Malpractice! the Novel is an electrifying work of realistic fiction written by an anonymous insider who worked the frontlines of the clash between the medical and legal professions during the California medical malpractice insurance crisis, which began in the 1960s. William Louis Harvey, a nom de plume, takes readers on a steamy adventure involving power, sex, lies and money in this candid courtroom suspense thriller. While Malpractice! The Novel, is a work of fiction, it is rooted in the personal experiences and firsthand knowledge the author acquired during his decades of working inside the medical industry. 

California in the 1960s and first half of the 1970s had already seen a dramatic increase in medical malpractice lawsuits as juries awarded progressively higher sums for “pain and suffering,” a category that had no concrete limits and caused physicians’ insurance premiums for malpractice to skyrocket. Harvey chaired a committee that reviewed all malpractice claims involving a major California hospital during the crisis. Details of some of the cases he experienced are engraved in his memory, and small portions of these tidbits find their way into Malpractice! the Novel, his first novel. Roused by a recent New York Times article about the American male novelist’s fear of addressing sexuality, Harvey interleaved honest sex histories for his novel’s characters, adding a titillating sensuality to the suspenseful novel.

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Genre – Steamy Courtroom Drama
Rating – R
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