Authors Showcase: The Renaissance of Aspirin by Glenn Parris
October 28, 2014
The Book: The Renaissance of Aspirin
The Author: Glenn Parris
The Story: This is the story of Anita Thomas and Jack Wheaton, two young doctors unwittingly in possession of a designer antibody for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. The new drug is effective, but dangerously flawed. The problem is Anita Thomas has developed a cheap, safe alternative agent.
Naturally, after expenditure of a fortune in development, the drug manufactures are not at all pleased with her. The pieces unfold, as we follow Anita and Jack from beautiful upscale midtown to the seedier downtown counterparts of Boston and Atlanta over shadowed by deadly stalkers and embellished by amorous often comically frustrating misadventures.
The Renaissance of Aspirin is peppered with industrial espionage, suspense and passion as the chase is on for the first cure for fibromyalgia. Entangled with colorful comrades such as Dasher Clay, Stormi Seales and Khandi Barr in their camp, Anita and Jack barely keep ahead of the treacherous cabal of nemeses; Luciana Velasquez and Jason Brasil led by the Über-villain, Orson Quirk.
Paced in the tradition of The Pelican Brief, Coma or a contemporary Maltese Falcon, The Renaissance of Aspirin is both plot and character driven with a credible McGuffin at its core. These complex characters are funny, mean, desperate, lonely and at the same time very humanly imperfect.
Readers will find their prickly exploits thoroughly entertaining.
About Glenn Parris:
As a board certified rheumatologist, Glenn Parris has practiced medicine in the northeast Atlanta suburbs for over 20 years. He has been writing for nearly as long.
Originally from New York City, Parris migrated south to escape the cold and snow, but fell in love with the southern charms of Georgia and Carla, his wife of nearly twenty-three years. He now writes cross-genre in medical mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. The Renaissance of Aspirin is his debut novel.
Review by Grady Harp: Dr. Glenn Parris, a highly qualified board certified Rheumatologist, is an equally fine writer. He has the capacity for finding humor in the most dire of circumstances, intrigue written in a way that defies the major mystery thrillers of the day, and fine balance between reporting both sides of the medical mind – the caregiver and the entrepreneur who feeds into the graft of the pharmacological industry.
He knows how to shape characters so that even the most minor ones become rather instantly visible and a part of our vocabulary as his story chugs along at an increasing speed until the resolution. THE RENAISSANCE OF ASPIRIN embraces the frustrations of both patients and physicians with the puzzling problems of the disease known as fibromyalgia, the extremes to which even decent people will go to gain from the knowledge of a possibility of discovering the cure for this ailment, but the story simultaneously includes the now mandatory elements of romance, the comedy of human imperfection, and the actual terror of just what is possible in the realm of medical investigation studies.
After a very personal comment about his own experience as a physician facing the impossible hurdles of the diagnosis of fibromyalgia presents, Parris wisely opens his book in a waiting room where elderly people are awaiting assignment for a scientific trial of a new promising drug. And from there we gain access into the private and public lives of physicians Anita Thomas and Jack Wheaton who unknowingly have access to a new miracle cure for fibromyalgia.
The question of whether a cheaper available safer treatment Dr. Thomas favors can overshadow the progress towards a major pharmacological breakthrough with the attendant fortunes that that would provide the owner and the prescribing physician recipients drives this story into the netherland of corruption and greed-ridden `bad guys’ who will stop at nothing to accomplish their dirty goals.
Along this path of descent we meet some rather unforgettable characters draw with the skill of the gifted craftsman that is Glenn Parris who takes this for-profit mindset to its logical extreme by weaving a story wherein a major pharmaceutical corporation attempts to use violent means to suppress a major medical discovery that promises to heal those suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome – at the expense of cutting down the company’s profit margins.
This is a fine read, not only for the fascinating story but also providing some insights into both a strange malady and the manner in which modern medicine functions.