Detective Chief Inspector Masters and his aide Detective Inspector Green confront one of their most heartbreaking investigations when they peruse the material from the file on a recent victim. They study the photo of a pretty girl in a tennis dress, with a beautiful smile, and fair hair across her eyes. The cause of death was a diabetic coma. The insulin in the bottle wasDetective Chief Inspector Masters and his aide Detective Inspector Green confront one of their most heartbreaking investigations when they peruse the material from the file on a recent victim. They study the photo of a pretty girl in a tennis dress, with a beautiful smile, and fair hair across her eyes. The cause of death was a diabetic coma. The insulin in the bottle was useless but not toxic -- which amounts to the same thing with a diabetic. Masters and Green commence a review of a life where they find admiration, affection, and even love for the golden girl who had once taken her disability in stride....
|Title||:||Sick to Death|
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|Number of Pages||:||155 Pages|
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Sick to Death Reviews
Sick to Death (1971) is the fifth book in Douglas Clark's Masters and Green series of police procedurals. It takes me back to the earlier days of the working relationship Detective Chief Inspector George Masters and Detective Bill Green--well before the two men become friends. The team (including their assistants, Hill and Brant) is still settling in with one another. Green doesn't quite trust Masters' apparent ease with forensic specialists and his seemingly random methods of questioning suspects and following up leads. Masters thinks Green trusts police routine a little too much. They haven't quite figured out how well they complement each other even as their methods seem to be in competition. As the opening says:Detective Chief Inspector Masters and Detective Inspector Green were not on speaking terms. They rarely were. The pleasure each one took in his job was soured by the knowledge that in all major cases it was now accepted that they were paired to work in tandem. Paradoxically, they were a successful team. Know-alls, speculating on their success, attributed it to the fact that each set out to beat the other at every turn. Inevitably, it was said, they were both kept so much on their toes by this exercise that they exerted maximum effort at all times: the basic ingredient of success.This case takes them to Gloucester to investigate the death of Sally Bowker, a pretty young woman who was apparently admired and loved by all, and, yet, someone hastened her death through the effects of her diabetes. Sally died from a diabetic coma after trying to counteract the symptoms with what proved to be a useless bottle of insulin. But how does a killer make a bottle of insulin a means of murder without adding poison? Masters and Green will have to learn a great deal about insulin dependency and the life-style of a young diabetic before they can answer that question. And they will have to discover which admiring face masks the mark of a murderer.Despite the opening and the general feel of unease between Master and Green, it's easy (especially for those of us who are reading the series in a totally random order) to see the seeds of the friendship and comfortable relationship that will develop. Green tries very hard in later books to maintain his prickly exterior, but we all know that he respects his Chief. The murder was a particularly interesting one for me--my husband is diabetic and I grew up watching my grandpa deal with diabetes--in a manner very like that described in this book from the 70s. Things have changed a bit since then, but not in any way vital to the plot. Being familiar with diabetic treatment certainly helps the reader to solve the mystery themselves, but it's not strictly necessary. The clues are there and Clark plays pretty fair. An interesting case in a series that I thoroughly enjoy. 3 1/2 stars actually--rounded up here.This was first posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.