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Page-Turner Medical Fiction and Nonfiction Novels

Cross Heart

“The plot for this book is not only superb, it is a 10 star work in that we have more than one mystery, and all of it is woven together so well, we never loose track. The characters are totally believable and so well written that I can relate to them all. This book grabs your attention and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.

If you enjoy medical drama, you’ll love For the Love of God, a novel that accurately depicts what happens when a cult denies sick children lifesaving medical care.

While this is fiction, the novel shows practices that continue to this day.

Do not misconstrue this novel as's against those who would sacrifice innocent children based on their own beliefs.”

An incidental and shocking discovery of a cave with tiny unmarked graves shatters the peace of Exton, a small town in upstate New York.

More horrifying is the forensic analysis that reveals that these young children died needlessly as the result of neglect and abuse at the hands of a religious fundamentalist cult that disavows medical care.

Fundamentalists and their political action groups come to the defense of the cult and the parents of the dead children setting the stage for the final courtroom clash to come.

The sheriff, an investigative reporter, the local coroner, and two forensic experts from Albany develop the case. When the county DA, a fundamentalist, resists vigorous prosecution, the governor of New York intervenes and appoints Rosemary and Calvin Brandt to represent the state and speak for the dead children. These controversial attorneys and former fundamentalists have devoted their lives to the protection of children.

The final courtroom clash sets freedom of religion against the state's responsibility to protect innocent children.

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For the Love of God

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“Rage” is a murder, mystery, thriller that raises important issues in forensic science, psychology today, and the practice of clinical psychiatry.

Strange things are happening in Hillsborough, the affluent suburb of San Francisco: normal people without a hint of psychiatric problems suddenly become violent.

None have motive for assault or murder, and being residents of Hillsborough is the only factor they have in common. While they remember nothing of their violence, observers describe their behavior as strange—like an automaton.

Michael Rose, a psychiatrist and expert in forensic science and his associate, Karen Scott, a clinical psychologist, study the people accused of these crimes. They suspect that this behavior is more than psychiatric, but fail to come up with a credible explanation.

The legal and medical establishments scratch their collective heads about how to assign responsibility for these acts as advocates make their cases while Michael and Karen pursue the truth.

Finally, Michael and Karen discover what happened, but we must await the climax and dénouement to understand.

Rage is not only a ‘who done it’, it’s a ‘why and how done it.’


“This book gripped me and would not let go!

I have read almost every single book Lawrence Gold has written. I have yet to find one I didn't absolutely enjoy! Rage does have medical components but is a stand alone novel apart from his hospital series”

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If terrorism weren’t bad enough, the homegrown variety is even worse. Deadly passage explains, in part, what can drive Americans to follow the example of Islamic terrorists and attack their own country?

From Five Star Review:

“The quality of the writing in this book can be summed up in the following way. I know almost nothing about sailing, do not care to know, yet my interest was retained through the pages describing the acts of sailing. For the last five years, the Reiss family has lived on a boat and traveled the world, experiencing the dangers of life at sea. The father Andy, mother Jesse and twelve-year-old daughter Rachel are in the Caribbean and have made the decision to sail to Florida, get rid of the boat and once again live on land.

It is the onset of the hurricane season and they know that they must get to Florida before a major storm can develop. When the Reiss family dodges a storm by moving close to the Cuban coast they encounter another boat that has been severely battered by the storm. Following the laws of the sea, Andy moves to the craft to determine if there are any survivors.

He discovers two young Americans, Ryan and Nicole that are very ill. Andy is a physician and at first he thinks the two are just dehydrated. However, when ugly pustules appear on their skin, he realizes that they are suffering from a very serious and contagious disease. Ryan and Nicole are terrorists and they have voluntarily agreed to become infected so that they can pass the disease on to their fellow Americans.

Once the truth becomes known to the governments of Cuba and the United States, the plight and flight of the Reiss family becomes a national and international political football. The Cuban security service and navy, the U. S. Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and the highest levels of the governments of the United States and Cuba are all involved. The situation is further complicated by the might of a hurricane, forcing decisions to be made immediately when the governments would rather go slow.

This is a great thriller, the senselessness, brutality, emotional coldness and arrogance of terrorism is a major part of the plot. Gold also portrays sections of the American government as being arrogant to the point of foolish and the hard political reality of having to make decisions where people die in order that others can live. The best part of the book is the repartee between Andy and Coast Guard Captain Barney Adams over the radio as Adams is ordered to stop Andy from landing in Florida while Andy refuses to consider any other option. It is funny and profound, yet it leads to a ratcheting up of tension to the point where one has to back down.

There is almost no shooting and fighting action in this book, yet there is a great deal of tension and excitement. Gold demonstrates that it is possible to write a thriller without gimmicks.

Deadly Passage is a high seas adventure of terrorism and counterterrorism where ruthlessness exists on both sides of the equation.”

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Deadly Passage


“A Simple Cure” is a fast-paced thriller that may save your life.

From a top reviewer:

“A Simple Cure is an “Intense, Riveting, Medical Thriller.” The novel engages the reader in the search for the cure of malignant melanoma, a cancer that kills one American every hour.

If you think for one moment that A Simple Cure by Lawrence W. Gold is going to be another run of the mill medical mystery/thriller straight from the same test tube as all the rest, you would be so wrong! First, I highly suggest you read what the author has to say in the beginning of the book, it's fascinating and educational, because once you get to the first page of this fast-paced novel, you will be in for the ride of your life!”

When nature, in her ultimate act of irony, strikes Richard Powell, a cancer specialist, with malignant melanoma, his wife, Terri devotes her life to curing the dreaded disease.

While publically supported research laboratories are characterized as noble in search of cures, and proprietary drug companies are caricatured as ruthless and materialistic, too often, the distinctions aren’t so clear.

When a drug courier is murdered to obtain an experimental and promising treatment for malignant melanoma, the act unleashes a chain of devastating consequences.

People for Alternative Treatment (PAT), a company created to find cures for rare diseases, had fallen on hard times and became a subsidiary of Kendall Pharmaceuticals, a company with very different set of values.

Experimentation with a vaccine against tuberculosis is showing surprising effects in controlling malignant melanoma at PAT and UC Medical Center. Kendall is enthralled with the economic potential of such a treatment in melanoma and in many other cancers while researchers are leery and have many unanswered questions.

Kendall’s determination to push the vaccine into clinical trial at all costs is in conflict with Terri and her ethical associates.

When clinical trials begin, the vaccine’s effects are miraculous. Soon, however, once again, we see the rule of unintended consequences.

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A Simple Cure


“This book is a lighthearted attempt to deal with a potentially serious problem in medical care, the deteriorating relationship between patients and their physicians. As the healthcare system becomes more complicated, expensive, and stressful for both patients and their physicians, especially under Obamacare, we may need, more than ever, to rely on that relationship to guide us through the system. The book makes important observations and specific suggestions about how to improve patient care, reduce malpractice claims, insure patient rights, and allow physicians to practice in a more rewarding manner. Dr. Gold does not pretend that solutions are easy or quick, but he does believe that improving the patient-physician relationship is a good start under any healthcare system, including Obamacare.”

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