Review: Act of Deception by John Bishop MD

Title: Act of Deception Book Cover
Title: Act of Deception Series: Doc Brady #2 Genre: Medical Thriller Publisher: Mantid Press Format: Print, Digital Pages: 276


Is it medical malpractice, or is the attorney just another ambulance chaser?

It’s 1995, and Houston orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jim Bob Brady has been sued for medical malpractice; a mysterious infection caused a knee replacement to end up as an amputation. Donovan Shaw, a ruthless plaintiff’s attorney, has taken the case and doesn’t seem bothered by the fact that he and Brady share a number of friends. “It’s not personal!” Shaw says. But it feels personal—especially when Shaw threatens, “I will do anything, and I mean anything, to win the case, even if I have to destroy you and that pretty wife of yours. I will stop at nothing. You remember that!”

And Brady isn’t the only one in his practice being sued. How is Shaw getting his inside information? Can the patients afford to say no to filing lawsuits, even if the claims aren’t valid? Through a series of twists and turns, and with the support of his wife Mary Louise and their professional investigator son J. J, Brady once again doggedly goes into “sleuth mode” to get to the truth of the matter—even after his life is put in jeopardy. Will he survive, only to find himself at the mercy of the wild and wooly Houston court system? Is this whole mess his fault? Or is there an act of deception involved?


John Bishop spent 30 years as a practicing orthopedic surgeon so he’s able to give the reader a unique glimpse into the medical world with all its problems, intricacies and complexities. He used his unique insight and knowledge to write a gripping medical thriller that is fast-paced with a fascinating story involving medical malpractice that turns into a life-threatening investigation by the protagonist Doc Brady, who turns into a sleuth to get to the bottom of the mystery before it’s too late.

The author has several great supporting characters including his wife and son who is a private investigator and well written bad guys that are compelling.

The book is set in the mid-90s which I found very enjoyable reading a thriller set before the advent of a lot of the technologies we have now days. It was blissfully free of social media and online influencers. 🙂

Act of Deception a thoroughly enjoyable fast paced book with a unique plot that will keep you turning pages. It’s the second book in the Doc Brady series and there are more to come.

It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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