Fracture: A Novel With A Novel Idea
If you’ve had a broken bone, you know it takes a long time to heal. You know the pain associated with the fracture and the discomfort of a cast or other means of immobilization. Once healed, there is a long period of rehabilitation to recover motion in joints which have been immobilized, and to regain the strength of muscle which has wasted away.
Facing this grim prospect was Dr. Ron Harris, an orthopaedic surgeon, the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Ecuadorian jungle. In a story abounding in suspense, Harris who has sustained a fracture of the lower leg in the crash, is rescued by Indian tribesmen. His broken leg is treated by a shaman who applies a strange concoction to the broken bone ends. Miraculously, the fracture, which normally takes months to heal, does so in less than three weeks.
On his return home, Harris undertakes a mission to duplicate the shaman’s treatment. If successful, it will revolutionize fracture treatment. His task takes him from the wooded jungles of Ecuador to the concrete jungles of Los Angeles. At every step along the way, his goal is sabotaged by persons unknown. He is the target for devices ranging from poison darts to fire bombs. Why is his work under attack and by whom? He is determined to meet and defeat these challenges.
The author, an orthopaedic surgeon, has had years of experience treating fractures. His familiarity with the subject brings authenticity to the story. In retirement, he has turned writer. His published works include nine novels and two nonfiction books. Two of his books have been cited by the San Diego Book Awards Organization.
Fracture (ISBN 978-0-557-06974-3) is available on order from bookstores. Also, in paperback and Kindle format online at Amazon.com.
“Wonderful suspense mystery. Would make a great movie”
“As usual in Friedman's mysteries, his special medical knowledge gives depth and authenticity to the sleuthing.”
“A page-turner! Great suspense and intrigue. I'm an orthopaedic surgeon (like the author). I found the idea of an enhancer for bone healing to be close to reality.”