DOCTORS SAVE LIVES WHEN THEY CAN...
CORONERS DETERMINE THE CAUSE AND MANNER OF SUSPICIOUS DEATHS
WRONGED MEN SOMETIMES MURDER
Suspense, dark humour and physicians behaving badly. A sleep-deprived doctor seeks advice on dealing severely with his wife’s lover.
A CAUSE and MANNER is a medical noir thriller.
Matthew Kork is an anesthesiologist at a Canadian community hospital. There is tension in the operating room between Matt and an elitist surgeon, Angelo Amodeo. There is also tension between Matt and his wife, whom he suspects of having an affair. Her lover dies in what looks like a staged suicide. Angelo disappears next. Matt is either responsible for these events or wished for them hard enough.
Matt is also the local coroner and is assigned to investigate the boyfriend's death. Despite the obvious conflict of interest, he accepts the case and brings in a verdict of suicide. The decedent's family launches a wrongful death lawsuit. At the hearing, their lawyer is on the verge of discovering the love affair that would have given Matt a motive for murder. He admits to all the allegations against him to bring the proceedings to a close. This by no means confirms his guilt.
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A CAUSE and MANNER
The book title is taken from coroners’ parlance for findings made at the conclusion of an investigation. The storyline features authentic details and gallows humour that only an insider would know. The question of whether murder can be justified, if it is well earned, remains unanswered.
The print edition features cover art by award-winning illustrator Eric Beddows.
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An Undetermined Manner of Death
Spring 2023, the sequel to A Cause and Manner:
An excommunicated Mennonite drug user is found dead in his locked apartment. He is heavily decomposed and is lying exactly parallel to a vintage Winchester rifle. The scene might have been staged, but there are no suspects or any apparent motive for murder. The decedent’s attractive daughter is the beneficiary of his three-month-old life insurance policy, which a suicide verdict would invalidate. She is promoting a homicide verdict to the investigating coroner, and she is very persuasive
Books in the Matthias Kork, Investigating Coroner series can be read in any order.