Room Four by A J Knauss

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It's just after Christmas and Alan Fries, hapless accountant, wonders why nurses with antler hats are hovering over him. He endures a three day coma stuck with only Jerry for company, an 87 year old crank who died in the same room earlier but is waiting for someone to sign the death certificate. Jerry and Alan becomes dead flies on the wall of an aging Chicago hospital and observe the staff...the doctor who leaves his sperm sample in the work fridge, the veteran nurse putting the kibosh on an intern's crush, the hamfork injuries and the various nutcases who file through the ER doors. When they uncover a billing scandal and the truth about the corrupt CEO who is bankrupting the hospital they get to work. But can they put the proof in front of the eyes of the living in time? Can they save the hospital before driving each other crazy? Will Alan get resuscitated and get to start the bucket list he never had? A grouchy, laugh-out-loud tale of how tough love shines through the crustiest exterior.

About A J Knauss

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A.J. Knauss practices emergency medicine, wonders if the long arm of bureaucracy could extend into the afterlife, and wishes someone would clean out the work fridge.
Published June 22, 2012 by CreateSpace. 204 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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But such questions aside, Alan's and Jerry’s repartee and observations are a gas to read, and the subplot that arises about halfway through adds to the sense of purpose that Alan felt was previously lacking in his life.

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