Author: Charles C. Anderson
Synopsis from the back of the book
The female doctors in the Parkview Hospital emergency department decide that they will no longer allow gang members who assault health care workers in their community to escape justice. The neighborhood of Parkview is being terrorized by the Plagues, a gang of violent criminals and drug dealers, and the local police department is taking pay-offs to ignore their activity. After one of the ED doctors, Elita Romanov, is kidnapped and raped, she and her best friend, Dr. Kate Taylor, resolve to take definitive action against the Plagues, whatever the consequences. They systematically recruit co-workers, friends and family members who are willing to break the law in order to restore the rule of law in Parkview. THE FIRST TO SAY NO is Kate's journey to achieve peace with her past and to eliminate those who threaten her future and the future of her neighborhood. Set in contemporary America, this novel illustrates many of the failings of today's healthcare system as Kate and Elita's startling solution unfolds in Parkview.
When I first read about this book, I was instantly interested. When I received the book I was slightly confused about the cover. I was confused why a picture of a fountain would be on the cover of a medical thriller. The cover initially made me not want to read the book. Thankfully, this was a definite case of not judging a book by it's cover. The fountain on the cover represents the fountain in River Park, which the Plagues have taken over. Kate's father used to take Kate to play in the fountain when she was a child. It is Kate's goal to take the park away from the Plagues and give it back to the community. Kate has to take many drastic, and even life threatening measures to reclaim River Park.
Before reading this I did not know that most of the assaults on doctors happen from their own patients. Apparently this is a very wide spread problem. Even though this book is a work of fiction, the doctors at Parkview Hospital show so much courage in their fight against gang members. It blows my mind that this actually happens. Doctors sustain life threatening, and life altering injuries and even die from attacks by patients. It is a very scary world we live in. I suggest that everyone reads this book. It will open your eyes to a wide spread problem that is happen in hospitals everywhere. t is also a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading! You can read more about The First to Say No and Mr. Anderson on the book's website.