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Set in Los Angeles Delaware is semi-retired and in the fortunate position of only taking those jobs which interest him
on 5 October 2017
The return of Kellerman's Child Psychologist character Alex Delaware in what is his seventh adventure. Set in Los Angeles Delaware is semi-retired and in the fortunate position of only taking those jobs which interest him.
Contacted by a former colleague Delaware is asked to consult on a young child who is constantly admitted to hospital showing severe signs of illness. Tests are inconclusive and the medical profession is baffled. The health issues are varied and cannot be associated with one particular source. The child is now showing great fear of the medical professionals who are treating her.
Whilst ostensibly there to assist the child Delaware is also asked to monitor the parents particularly the mother. There are unsubstantiated fears that the mother is causing her child's illnesses in what is termed Munchausen by Proxy. Delaware has to get close to both child and mother to test the validity of these fears. His quest has to be kept secret and Delaware soon realises that his presence on the case is not welcomed by all practitioners.
As Delaware's enquiries continue he starts to unravel family secrets which run a lot deeper than initially thought. Family members are also to be found in the hospital hierarchy and have played a not insignificant role in closing the institutions Psychiatry department.
In an excellent story Delaware strips bare the importance of money and income in the American Healthcare system. He highlights the truth that the dedication and commitment of both individual practitioners and collective carers is always secondary to income and revenue streams. In that instance it is the young and the vulnerable who are most at risk and more likely to miss out.
Worth a look