Books by John Bishop, M.D.
Act of Mercy
Dr. Jim Bob Brady, orthopedic surgeon and amateur sleuth, is spending a one-month sabbatical trying to decide whether to remain in his position at University Hospital in Houston, Texas, or move to the Hill Country and work in a more relaxed atmosphere, now that he’s the recipient of a windfall legacy. Scaling back would provide him much more free time to golf and spend time with his wife, Mary Louise, and rest, as his wife so aptly puts it. They are renting a condo on the waters of Lake LBJ while making potentially life-changing decisions.
As the sabbatical winds down, Jim Bob comes across a newspaper report about six women who have disappeared in the Hill Country in the past year, and he soon gets involved in trying to solve the mysteries. Mary Louise is incensed when JB becomes obsessed with the investigation and takes enormous risks both to himself and to her. She returns to Houston, leaving Brady to his own wiles.
Will Brady solve the mystery of the missing women before he becomes a victim himself? Are the women deceased, or being held captive, or is their disappearance an act of mercy?
Act of Atonement
When Dr. Jim Bob Brady goes to visit his uncle Howard on the eve of Howard’s liver transplant for cirrhosis and cancer at University Hospital, Uncle Howard tells Brady a shocking story: he murdered his best friend in his younger days, back when he was a vagabond and rode the rails. Fearing he might not survive the surgery he asks Brady to try and locate the family of the victim and make amends as best as possible. Unfortunately, Howard’s fears are realized, and he dies in surgery. In his uncle’s honor, Brady decides to undertake the daunting task of identifying a murder victim from thirty years ago with only a nickname and a location.
Brady calls on his son J.J. and J.J.’s private investigation firm to help ferret out fact from fiction. As the story unfolds, and with the help of his beloved wife Mary Louise, Brady tries to determine whether his efforts will result in a colossal waste of time or in an act of atonement for the murderous deeds of his deceased uncle.
Act of Fate
Dr. Jim Bob Brady is attempting a difficult knee reconstruction on Melvin Brown, Houston philanthropist and University Hospital board member, when Doc is notified that his wife Mary Louise has been involved in a near-fatal hit-and-run. When Brady arrives at his wife’s bedside, he sees the horrific aftermath of the crash, including the worst, a brain injury. He calls for help from all his colleagues, and most importantly from his long-term friend—and son-in-law of Doc’s philanthropist patient—Dr. Frank James, a stellar neurosurgeon.
Act of Negligence
Something unusual is going on with the dementia patients at Pleasant View Nursing Home.
Dr. Jim Bob Brady, Houston orthopedic surgeon and amateur sleuth, finds himself in the midst of a different type of medical mystery. His friend and colleague, Dr. James Morgenstern, refers him a series of dementia patients with orthopedic problems from Pleasant View Nursing Home. Each patient dies, irrespective of the treatment, a situation that Doc Brady is unaccustomed to.
Plastic surgeon, Lou Edwards’s life is complicated by two major issues.
One, his wife has lupus, possibly due to leaking silicone from breast implants Edwards himself inserted. And two, his malpractice insurance has been canceled, as it has been for many other plastic surgeons, due to the burgeoning breast implant problem.
But it gets worse.
Act of Deception
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!”
Act of Murder
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“Weaves Everyday Life into Mounting Mysterious Discoveries.”
Doc Brady became an orthopedic surgeon to avoid being surrounded by death. But now it's everywhere around him.
One spring day in 1994 Houston, Dr. Jim Bob Brady witnesses his neighbor's ten-year-old son killed by a hit-and-run driver. An accident, or an act of murder? After the death, Brady enlists the help of his twenty-year-old son J. J. and his wife Mary Louise in chasing down clues that take them deeper and deeper into a Houston he never imagined existed. In the process, they discover a macabre conspiracy stretching from the ivory towers of the largest teaching hospital in Texas to the upper reaches of Houston's legal community, to the shores of Galveston.