Title: Worse Than Being Alone
Author: Patricia Clark
Review: This story is about two individuals who became friends in high school, attended college and became nurses. After a number of years they became case managers for an insurance company. After one leaves the St Louis area and returns they open their own case management business and sideline into workers comp cases. The main story revolves around one partner’s father who marries again for the second time. They feel that the new wife is only after the father’s assets. As the story unfolds it turns out that this individual has had multiple husbands and most have died under suspect circumstances. There are also some subplots going on at the same time. The techniques they use are real and are blended into the story very well. I could say how it all ends but that would give it away. It is excellent story that is presented very well.
Thanks Frank for this review.
Published: Published July 9th 2012
Page Count: 271
Quick Review: 5 out 5 stars –
Why I Read this Title: Picked up at KindleBuffet.com
Synopsis: Worse Than Being Alone is a riveting tale involving multiple cons, a vicious murder, romance, betrayal, and escape as it vividly explores just how far all of us are prepared to go to avoid being alone.
Kitty and Roni are building their fledgling investigative agency by following workers' comp cheats. Every PI's dream of catching real criminals seems to be coming true when they begin to suspect one of their targets is engaged in more nefarious activities than just a bogus comp claim. Their cat and mouse game gets twisted when they realize they are the ones being stalked.
A personal and potentially lethal inquiry emerges after Roni's father marries a woman with a checkered past, and they fear he has found his Worse Than Being Alone. When their investigation points to a shady past involving a trail of life insurance payouts and dead husbands, they wonder if Dad has married a Black Widow or an extremely unlucky woman.
As that case boils over, along comes the most talented con artist of them all. After his angry employer hires them to check him out, Kitty and Roni slowly come to realize he has the makings of a master criminal. They uncover numerous identities along with multiple workers' comp claims. Then here are his almost daily trips to the same bank wearing different disguises.
Surprises abound as Kitty and Roni break up a sex slave ring, thwart a bank robbery, nab a shoplifter, and document a Black Widow's treachery. A sudden death leaves them stunned as they second-guess their activities, forcing them to confront a murderer.
Author Information: Growing up in a family of ten children, Patricia Clark acquired a sense of humor and source of fodder for her stories. Her Aunts and Uncles also had large families so her extended family included a host of interesting characters and situations. Obsessed with all things medical, she became a Registered Nurse and worked in Emergency Room, Burn, and Intensive Care units. Later, she worked files as a Nurse Case Manager for Workers' Compensation Injuries. Creative writing classes stoked an interest in a second career. All of her books involve composites of patients, workers, colleagues, and situations based on her medical experiences.