"Solid amateur sleuth tale with a social message"
When the Cathedral of St. John the Divine stopped funding
senior services, Anita Servi was out of a job. With her
husband, a carpenter, working only sporadically and a
foster daughter to support she needs work immediately.
Thanks to Susan, the wife of her husband's masseuse, Anita
lands employment at Monument Estates, a upper middle class
housing complex located on Manhattan's upper West Side.
Since half the residents who own their own apartments are
senior citizens, Nan (Neighbors Assisting Neighbors) was
formed. Anita is hired as a social worker but on her first
day on the job, she find her boss Susan dead in her office,
a suicide note on her desk and the book Final Exit near the
body. She later finds out that three other residents
committed suicide by using the recommendations found in
Final Exit. As the death toll mounts, Anita begins to
wonder if someone isn't giving the residents a little
assistance to their voyage to the other side.
Irene Marcuse makes a case for legally assisted suicide
without making any moral judgment. CONSIDER THE ALTERNATIVE
is a solid amateur sleuth tale with a social message woven
into the plot. The protagonist is a superb role model who
readers will want to emulate because she adheres to her
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 11, 2002