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Friday, June 5, 2015

Book Review - The Dissector by LL Spriggs

Book Review
The Dissector
by LL Spriggs

Book Description
"Greed, Ambition, Lust, Revenge ...." 

When Dr. Sarah Whitley entered the doors of the medical school, she thought the dream she had worked so hard for had finally come true. She had attained her first position as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy in a prestigious medical school in a uniquely historic city. Instead, what she found was the beginning of a nightmare that would change her life in ways she never imagined.

She had always looked up to the professors who had taught her throughout her education. They were ‘all knowing’; they were never wrong; and they were well respected professionals – everything she aspired to be. It didn’t take her long to discover that her new faculty colleagues were flawed human beings, driven by greed, ambition, and lust. But they all had one thing in common – fear. Fear of the powerful and ruthless, Dr. Roberts, the Head of the Department of Anatomy.

While all Sarah wants is to concentrate all her efforts on becoming an effective lecturer and anatomy lab instructor, she inadvertently discovers the secrets hidden behind the closed doors of the offices and research labs of her fellow faculty – from the illicit affair between two scientists, to the sexual predator masquerading under the guise of a well-funded researcher, to the manipulative and double-crossing Department Head.

When compelled by Dr. Roberts to spend more time in the morgue, assisting with the embalming and preparation of the cadavers to be used in the medical school Gross Anatomy course, Sarah sees things that she shouldn’t see. But asking questions could be dangerous...

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Book Review
When you read this book you will find certain similarities with your own working life, the dominant forces who make the decisions and look after their own interests and use information on their colleagues to maintain and further their own career and fortune.

The setting around the medical school and the descriptions of the running, teaching and feelings of the characters are first rate. The problems and issues they face in their every day routine is true to life which adds to the make up and credibility of the storyline.  Being based around a medical school the terms used are always explained making for an easy read.  The characters traits and characteristics are brilliantly described and you will be able to say that each and every one of them will remind you of someone in your own workplace.

A very enjoyable read which builds upto an excellent twist leading to a climatic end.  The author has used her experience and knowledge from her working life which is evident in the storyline to produce a great work of fiction. 
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About the Author
L.L. Spriggs was born in St. Louis, MO and grew up in Houston, TX. She has spent the last 40 years in the New Orleans, LA area. Her first career was as a commercial artist in advertising. She then turned to medicine, earning a combined B.S. degree in Medical Technology from the University of New Orleans/LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, an M.H.S. degree in Hematology/Adult Education from LSU School of Allied Health Professions, and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from Tulane Medical School. She did post-doctoral fellowships in both Pharmacology and Physiology before joining the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology (formerly Anatomy) at Tulane Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy. She was an Associate Professor of Anatomy at LSU Health Science Center, and a founding Professor of Anatomy at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, MS, before retiring in 2013. Dr. Spriggs received numerous teaching excellence awards from all three medical schools and was well known for her lecture presentations and dissecting skills. She is the author of several scientific research publications and has her own Scientific Editing and Consultant business. One of her goals after retiring was to write a suspense and mystery novel based on some of her real life experiences. Her first novel, "The Dissector", is a suspenseful story of greed, lust, revenge, and murder among the faculty of a major medical school -- truly a novel that both students and professors in any medical field can relate to. Any woman who has suffered under a controlling, manipulating, double-crossing boss will appreciate the ingenious way that Dr. Sarah Whitley, the protagonist, deals with the untenable situation she finds herself in.

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  1. The cover and title really caught my attention. However, the story sounds even better! I'll have to check this out.

  2. This book sounds like a winner from beginning to end! I have worked not only in business offices but also in for Doctors and in Hospital Business offices---what can sometimes go on in the "work place"--well lets just say I am very glad I am now semi retired!!! I definitely want to read this book--and I just went in to purchase it!

  3. I love when there is a twist to the ending. Sounds like an exciting read!

  4. Sounds like something I would enjoy reading! I love having a major twist at the end!


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