Bookreport on Deadhouse

The author draws on his journalistic experience as staff writer with Pittsburgh Tribune and Tampa Tribune to combine creative and reporting skills to present facts in the form of fiction to the vast population of readers worldwide who are curious about the goings on in the morgue but shudder at the thought of taking a look themselves. (
The book has all the elements of suspense and drama along with sedative presence of medical officers and investigators with eagle’s eyes to extricate details with clinical precision and expertise from mundane objects around and including the corpse.
The deputies at the coroner’s officer, viz. Ed Strimlan, Mike Chickwak, and Tiffany Hunt, decide as a team whether the mortal remains of each body brought in died as a result of natural causes, accident, murder, suicide, or for any other known or mysterious reasons. Two new recruits, Tracy and Carey, two female interns who have just started out with their first day at the morgue have already witnessed a couple of autopsies. (
For anyone keen on learning how to fict…
Journalistic lessons and challenges
For anyone keen on learning how to fictionalize a factual report, Deadhouse is the right book. It just about provides enough medical exposure to the lay reader with scene descriptions and narrations without resorting to academic elaborations. It, however, provides the right impetus for those keen on taking up medicine as career. To a critic Deadhouse may be a disappointment in that it could have delved deeper into the medical and legal aspects of autopsy. However, the book was not intended for critics.
Ethical and Legal issues
As a novel, Deadhouse is a unique work of fiction that essentially interweaves plot, emotion and drama. Except for the issues of plagiarism or intentional character assassination there is little that microscopic scanning of the book can throw up to resolve any ethical or legal violation. Obviously there has been no scope for plagiarism or character assassination.
Once in a while, a work of art transforms mundane routine into absorbing reality. Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office chronicles something inherently a part of every individual’s destiny. The author has simply come across an ore and has cut and polished it to produce a diamond. This masterpiece must definitely find place among the archives of excellence.
Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office, Book Review,
Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office, University Press of Mississippi,