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Friday, January 18, 2019


Dr. Paul Janson has again created believable characters with depth and personalities that are memorable. With these characters, he has created two distinctly different murder mysteries. The first, titled THE MANUSCRIPT, introduces the characters gradually, bringing them together in unusual circumstances, and following them on a trail filled with suspenseful twists and turns.  What does a locomotive, a privatized prison, and a course in writing query letters have to do with nuclear terrorism? (And, to pique your interest, can an old drawbridge ever be jumped?)  Frank and Joan wil grow into their friendship gradually, and will exit this first book safely enough to reappear, surprisingly, in its sequel, ADVANCED DIRECTIVE.  I enjoyed both titles, and highly recommend that you purchase both!

In the sequel, Advanced Directive, Dr. Janson writes of the dilemma an out-of-pratice-nurse-suddenly-needing-work faces when the first job she can secure is in a nursing home, where the care is not what she is used to practicing in hospital settings. Joan, of the first book, is not the nurse in question, nor does she appear until the story of April's new position is well underway ... in fact, her entrance into April's story is like a warm, welcoming recognition for the reader. Before reacquainting with Joan and Frank, the reader is introduced to April's recently-dead husband's family; the link that joins these three main characters is an elderly aunt who resides at the home. The excitement picks up when the elderly aunt's unexpectedly sudden demise catches Frank's attention, and brings him into contact with distant relatives of his own ... relatives who chose a career path on the other side of the law ... relatives who somewhat tolerate Frank's defection to the uniformed side of the law. And once again, Dr. Janson's clever twists and turns unite  other family units with the potential of additional stories ahead... 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Murder Undone, a collection of short stories by Paul Janson, MD

Murder Undone

Dr. Janson has collected some earlier writings he had compiled during his long practice of emergency physician, and they are not limited to medical settings.

Each one is a different setting, with new characters and unique dilemmas, but all have, as Paul tells in his book description, something in common.

Dr. Janson's writing is fluid, intelligent and engaging. His characters 'come to life' within a mere paragraph, and the story progresses smoothly.

It is always a pleasure to read his books, and to review them and recommend them for my readers' choices ahead.

Scroll down a few posts to read more revies of Dr. Janson's books.

New Book Review: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Full disclaimer: I am a true blue liberal democrat and was dismayed when the unqualified candidate received the Republican nomination in 2016, and was appalled when he proceeded to the White House.  My husband, an unenrolled independent voter, was also distressed by the election, but died unexpectedly a month later, on Christmas morning.

In the past twenty months I've struggled with a complicated grief, following the loss of my best friend and husband of 46 years ... and tried to ignore the demise of our political system. When I saw a video of an interview with the editor of this book and the co-author of Trump's Art of the Deal, I was intrigued and ordered a (used) copy from Amazon.

Clearly, the video was not a balanced view ... both Dr. Bandy Lee (editor of The Danagerous Case of Donald Trump) and Tony Schwartz (Trump's co-author) were both expressing their awareness and concern with Trump's mental status. His many verbal gaffes were discussed, and his recent firings of many intelligence officers was distressing enough to lend credibility to their positions of disdain.

Dr. Lee's collection of more than two dozen essays contributed by psychologists, psychologists and a linguist expert (Noam Chomsky) is somewhat repetitive and a considerable admonishment of Trump's continuing presence in the White House.  Dr. Lee had organize a "Duty to Warn" conference at Yale, where many of these observations were discussed among this group of colleagues. The book addresses the conundrum of trying to weigh this Duty to Warn against the Goldwater Rule, which states that psychiatrists have a professional standard that prohibits 'assessing' public figures whom they have not personally met with and evaluated. The Duty to Warn is another professional standard that mandates that psychiatrists act to prevent a dangerous patient's behaviors himself, others, or the public at large.

The general concensus of these essays clearly points toward activation of the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to remove a president's powers if he is shown to be incompetent. This would meet the responsibility of the psychiatriac community's Duty to Warn. And would remove teh nuclear codes from Donald Trump.

People who consider themselves activists will glean a lot of verbiage and relevant data in the essays to assist 'We the People' in any organized efforts toward impeachment, and I highly recommend this book for that reason.

To those still convinced that Trump is on the right path, aligning himself with dictators, autocrats and tyrannists, and withdrawing America's alliance with other world powers that are more democratic, I must apologize for my true blue liberal position. I defend your right to state your opinion, and ask that you respect my right to defend mine.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Paul Janson, MD, Author of Medical Mysteries!

on May 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Paul Janson's new book, his first novel, introduces a new protagonist
 about whom readers will no doubt want to read more. Joe Nelson,
 a coal miner turned pediatrician (the hard way, with years of study 
and family encouragement) has a calm, easy-going personality,
 a beautiful, equally-talented wife (also an emergency 
room doctor)and a practice in the small town he wants to serve ... the 
small town where he grew up ... the small town where almost
 everyone is related to almost everyone, 
and secrets kept are deep.

Dr. Nelson is accused of malpractice, The local police and local lawyers
 and local court and local jury are all looking into his life, his 
possible ineptitude and his character. With everything on the table 
and little else to lose, Joe begins his own investigation into the death
 of his patient, as Joe alone knows of his own innocence.

Joe's ongoing romantic involvement with his soon to be ex-wife puzzles some and intrigues the reader. 
Other characters develop as Joe's investigation begins; some are those who stand to lose both money 
and credibility should his investigating expose their motives, and some are those who see and appreciate
 Joe's capacity for putting the puzzle pieces together. Joe himself is then a target for those might have a 
motive and a means of having killed his young patient three years ago, and a recipient of benevolent
 assets and support from those who want him to succeed in exposing the guilty.

Family, relationships, community, enmity, greed and murder are all key elements of this engaging novel.
 Just enough medical detail is shared to keep the reader grounded in the story. I strongly recommend it 
to all readers of mysteries, and all readers of medical murder. And it is my fervent wish, as a reader, to 
know more of what will happen in the lives of these main characters. I see series potential.

By Terry on June 26, 2016

I'm enjoying Paul Janson's sequel, WITH A LITTLE MORE PRACTICE. Without having to read through
 repetitious flashbacks as many sequels would require, the characters' personalities as developed in the first novel, 
MALPRACTICE, are easily recognizable and the action begins fairly quickly. This author took the time to visit 
the scenes he chose for his novel, and describes them well enough that the reader has a clear image of the 
setting. The action moves along at a good, unhurried but forward pace and the reader is engaged in the
 dilemma the characters face. I would recommend this for adult readers as the content makes reference
 to some adult issues, though the author does not use unnecessary gratuitous sex or violence in his writing ... 
and I am grateful for that - a good story, written by a good writer. Definitely five stars!