In San Francisco, Parnassus Medical Group CEO Tim Markham
is a victim of a hit and run accident. Tim dies in his
company's Portola Hospital, but the autopsy reveals that
his injuries did not kill him. Instead Tim died from an
overdose of potassium.
San Francisco homicide detective Abe Glitsky believes
that the doctor of record Eric Kensing killed his boss
because Tim was having an affair with the prime suspect's
wife and the HMO's cut costing measures threatened the
lives of his patients. Attorney Dismas Hardy thinks
someone else is the killer. Soon evidence surfaces that a
serial killer has made the CEO victim number twelve. Now
the two best friends Dismas and Abe work on uncovering the
identity of a murderer before the toll reaches a baker's
THE OATH is a powerful medical thriller that will
please fans of John Lescroart for returning Glitsky and
Hardy to the front of a strong insightful story line.
Though Eric fails to appear as a viable villain and the
culprit seems obvious, the plot cuts like a surgeon's knife
without unfairly lacerating HMOs like many similar novels
do today. Medical thriller readers will vow that this tale
is non-stop action winner.