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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Literary
  • Language:English
  • Pages:290
  • eBook ISBN:9781617929427

The Thief of Moments

by T.R.Hull

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The Thief of Moments uses a literary thriller format to examine the issue of suffering and mercy in a modern hospital setting. Virgil Washingon, the victim of a debilitating stroke, discovers a startling secret about his fellow patients on a dementia ward. Kester Grayson, his physician, travels a different path in his search for meaning in an environment of death and debilitation. Overshadowing both is an investigation into a shocking murder. A thoughtful portrayal of the questions confronting society today regarding our treatment of the most vulnerable among us.
Virgil Washington was a successful businessman until a stroke left him mute and confined to a dementia ward. He observes his fellow patients and comes to a startling conclusion about the suffering they experience, and what he must do to help them. Kester Grayson, the physician on Virgil's ward, also struggles to come to terms with the plight of his patients. He harbors a secret from his past that will threaten a new relationship and will force him to question his obligations as a healer. Death is common in Kester's world, but a series of brutal murders, and the forces that lead to them, will change the lives of three men forever. T.R. Hull has used his real-world medical experience to examine the issue of euthanasia, and to show how our concept of mercy and the relief of suffering have been complicated by society's changing morality and by advances in medicine. Written as a literary thriller, The Thief of Moments nevertheless raises important questions about the true nature of compassion.
About the author
Thomas Hull grew up in northern Colorado and attended Colorado State University and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has practiced clinical medicine for thirty years. Several of those years were spent treating dementia patients in a hospital setting. The Thief of Moments is his first novel. He and his wife live in Idaho.
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