Hard Case by Barbara D'Amato

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In the fifth series title by the author of On My Honor, Chicago freelance journalist Cat Marsala is investigating teamwork at a hospital trauma center when Dr. Edith Crosstant, Director of Trauma Services, is murdered, possibly by a ""teammate.""
 

About Barbara D'Amato

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Barbara D'Amato is a playwright, novelist, and crime researcher. She was born in Michigan. D'Amato held jobs as a carpenter on magic shows, assistant surgical orderly, assistant to a wild animal act, stage manager, and legal researcher. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime International and serves on the board of the Mystery Writers of America. D'Amato wrote a children's musical, The Magic of Young Houdini, and two musical comedies for adults. She was nominated for the Anthony award for her novel On My Honor and was the runner-up for the Nero Wolfe Award for the novel Hard Women. The Doctor, The Murder, The Mystery won the Anthony and Agatha Awards for Best True Crime and was used as the basis for a segment on the TV show, Unsolved Mysteries.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Scribner. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Detection becomes secondary-and tedious-in this latest Cat Marsala story, which seems less a mystery than a paean to doctors involved in emergency care. At a Chicago hospital to write a story on its t

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Chicago journalist-sleuth Catherine ``Cat'' Marsala , who scored well her first time around (in Hardball ), proves her mettle in her second appearance.

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To make matters uglier, Cat's brother and Jeremy's father, Barry, is accused of the first murder by the police and—initially—by Cat herself.

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Investigative reporter Cat Marsala has a love-hate relationship with the top cops in the scandal-plagued Chicago police department, but as this speedy and intriguing mystery graphically illustrates, she's more than a match for them.

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Chicago freelance journalist Cat Marsala, in her third outing here (after Hardball and Hard Tack ), watches the story of her career land--literally--in front of her when Jack Sligh, an Illinois lottery official, plummets to his death from a skyscraper.

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A marvelously grisly premise kicks off D'Amato's (Hard Bargain, etc.) new mystery featuring Chicago food writer Cat Marsala: Cat finds that the soup bone she purchased earlier from Spencer and Angelotti, a pricey food emporium, is actually part of a human leg.

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Detection becomes secondary-and tedious-in this latest Cat Marsala story, which seems less a mystery than a paean to doctors involved in emergency care.

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