Book Review: Diamonds of Death by John Luck, M. D.


If you can imagine the Mafia world colliding with a doctor in a hospital, you’ve got the theme of this book!
The doctor is a battle scared veteran who is now fearful of surgery because he lost a patient during the war that he felt he should have been able to save.

He has a big internal trauma to overcome, and isn’t sure he can do it. But being a doctor is all he wants to do and he returns to the hospital and surgery and tries to get over the ghosts of his past as he assists the other surgeon.
Unfortunately, in another part of the city, Louie is conspiring against the Big Tuna, and has this plan for stealing a very famous blue diamond that should ensure him as a big player and a force in the Mafia world. His idea was that he would have an associate swallow the diamond and he could recover it later. The robbery was a setup, the other two players were murdered, and the only problem was that the guy who swallowed the diamond was shot and now in the hospital…
This is where Louie and Tom Slocum become acquainted. Louie wants the diamonds, Tom doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he has to perform surgery which he is almost too nervous to do, and he’s worried about losing his patient.
The pace of the story is quick. There are many more bad guys than good, the cops get in the middle of it (mostly on the bad side), and a journalist jumps in, too – you aren’t sure who’s lying to whom how much anywhere along the line.
I couldn’t see anyway of this ending up neatly tied up at the end, but Dr. Luck managed to do that.
There is a lot of ugly death in this book, so don’t read it if that offends you. On the other hand, I can easily see something like this happening in the big cities. It’s not that far fetched.
Published by: Five Star Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58985-100-9
Published: 2008
Paperback / Fiction $15.95 US
Book written by Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie, for © 2008
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