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Lady Justice and the Organ Traders (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Thornhill , Peg Thornhill

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A badly burned body with a fresh incision and a missing kidney leads Walt into the clandestine world of an organ trader ring that has set up shop in Kansas City.
Walt is determined to bring to justice the bootleggers, who purchase body parts from the disadvantaged and sell them to people with means, until a relative from Maggie’s past turns up needing a kidney to survive.
Once again, Walt discovers that very little in his world is black and white.

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Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in four short years has penned sixteen novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography. Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders and Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring of 2013 and Summer 2013 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs. Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life. Although Robert holds a master’s in psychology, he has never taken a course in writing and has never learned to type. All 26 of his published books were typed with one finger and a thumb! His wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife, Peg, in Independence, Missouri. Visit him on the Web at:


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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best yet! 30. März 2014
Von storyteller - Veröffentlicht auf
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It's 3 a.m., but I just couldn't put this book down. It's a page turner! The author has a way of bringing a smile to your face and at the same time presenting important social issues. What would you do if a family member needed a kidney transplant and was on the waiting list with no results. With time ticking away would you try to buy one to save that person's life? This presents moral and ethical issues which the author discusses. But it is Walt that makes the book "move." I like the way that Walt gets all tangled up in these issues, gets the over-the-hill gang to help with some outrageous results, but always a frolic. Looking forward to the next adventure.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Review from Kidney Transplant Recipient 6. Mai 2014
Von Benjamin Sobieck - Veröffentlicht auf
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How's this for a coincidence?

In 2013, I published Maynard Soloman vs. The Kidney Thieves, a satirical crime caper about illegal organ trading starring a piss-and-vinegar, semi-retired PI.

In 2014, Robert Thornhill published Lady Justice and the Organ Traders, a comic crime caper about illegal organ trading starring Walt Williams, a dopey, semi-retired police investigator.

I'm not alleging anything here. Maynard Soloman and Walt Williams are two very different characters, and we're both writers with unique takes on comic crime (Thornhill is more cozy, I'm more satire). What I mean is that I had no choice but to read Lady Justice and the Organ Traders, especially since I'm a kidney transplant recipient myself.

The central mystery of Lady Justice and the Organ Traders focuses on a ring of black market organ traders. The organizers burn a donor's body after a botched operation. Williams is called in to investigate.

The cozy crime and mystery elements (there are actually several superfluous cases in this read) aren't what made the story interesting to me, though. Thornhill makes it clear from the introduction that this will be a piece probing the moral ambiguity of black market kidneys. That roped me in.

That ambiguity is expressed through POVs on all sides of the issue. There are characters who will do anything for a kidney, doctors willing to make it happen, religious leaders reminding their flock of the sanctity of their bodies, family members reluctant to donate and every shade in between.

Thornhill's central argument draws from Prohibition. Outlawing something that is in high demand puts money in the pockets of criminals. His other, less obvious point parallels one commonly used in the abortion debate. Illegal medical procedures are inherently more dangerous than legal ones.

Although Lady Justice and the Organ Traders doesn't come to a solid conclusion about this, it does put the issue front and center with readers. That an e-book talking about the 100,000 people waiting for a kidney could make the top five overall freebies on Amazon is a major victory. For the sake of those 100,000, I hope it changes some minds about kidney transplants.

That said, I need to point out three common misconceptions about kidney transplants readers might pick up from this book.

1) In the book, a potential donor was rejected because she didn't share the same father as the recipient. This is bogus. There are scores of factors that go into making a match. Blood relation isn't one of them.

2) The transplant operation itself isn't the difficult part. It's finding the right balance of immunosuppressants. The recipient's body will always want to attack the donor kidney, since it's a foreign object. Immunosuppressants keep that from happening. However, too much of this medicine will knock out the immune system, opening the body up to all sorts of infections. This was a major hurdle in my recovery as a recipient.

3) Those immunosuppressants must be taken for the rest of the recipient's lifetime. They're not cheap (mine are $1,200 per month without insurance, but thankfully I only pay $60 for generics through my plan) and they require a prescription from a legitimate doctor fulfilled through a real pharmacy. You just can't find that on the black market.

However, the bottom line is still true. Across the world, there are more people in need of kidneys than the legal supply can offer. People die every day waiting as a result. If you're interested in becoming a donor, please visit the National Kidney Foundation at for more information.

As for whether donors should be paid for their kidneys, that's an essay for another day. All I can say is my living donor is happy and healthy, off leading a productive life. Kidney transplants (legal ones, anyway) have never been safer. If you have it in your heart to share your spare, you'll be committing one of the greatest acts of altruism possible.

And that's no joke.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome Addition to the Lady Justice Series! 27. März 2014
Von Gail D.(Koalabear3) - Veröffentlicht auf
Wow! What a stop and make you think what would you do if put in this situation? Not sure what I would do. Another fast action packed mystery with a hint of humor thrown in.. This time it is about illegal kidney donors to desperate people at high fees. Walt and the Gang never fail to amaze me to what lengths they will go to get the job done.. We also get to meet two new characters Maggie's long lost brother Ken and his best friend Bugsy. I had a hard time putting the book down I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I really enjoy the lady Justice series and can't wait for the next book in the series. My husband and I fight over who gets to read it first.. Since I get the mail I guess that would be me. LOL
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1.0 von 5 Sternen if you read this you won't have to read any previous book in the series as the constant references to the previous books with fo 21. August 2014
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First of all, if you read this you won't have to read any previous book in the series as the constant references to the previous books with footnotes/links to tell you which book it is from pretty much tells you all the highlights of the previous books. Story and characters were very weak and at least half the book is repetitive lecturing on the pros and cons of different current day social issues. It is more like reading a bunch of "Letters to the Editor" than a mystery.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thoughtful topic told with humorous asides 18. März 2014
Von C. F. Jones - Veröffentlicht auf
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Why do we choose to read a book? Do we want thrills? Laughter? Suspense? Maybe we want to learn something new. Sometimes, we may want think about ethical choices facing today's society. All of the above can be found as part of author Robert Thornhill's newest novel, Lady Justice and the Organ Traders. Seventeenth in the Walt Williams mystery/comedy series, we are reintroduced to the full cast of beloved characters: retired real-estate agent, turned senior citizen cop, Walt; his soul mate and wife of 4 years, Maggie; his partner, Kansas City policeman, Ox; the residents of the two apartments which Walt owns, loving nicknamed "the over-the-hill gang", Willie, and Louie the Lip. We are also introduced in this tale to Maggie's long-missing brother, Kevin McBride.
Tying all the characters together is the theme of black-market organ trade (specifically kidney) and its moral implications in this changing world. Thornhill cites impressive statistics about the disparity between the number of kidneys needed and those that are available. He questions whether compensation to organ donors should be legalized, thus taking the profit and dangers associated with this trade out of the hands of the black market as we did with alcohol, and are currently beginning to do with marijuana. Currently, we follow the rest of the world (except for Iran) and see this as a voluntary donation process. There are moral implications and compelling arguments on both sides. An interesting discussion between Pastor Bob and Walt gives the reader something to consider after the book itself has been read.
Walt's love for the law and faith in Lady Justice is tested when he learns Maggie's brother has Stage 3 renal failure, soon to advance to Stage 4. At the present, the law makes criminals out of those who sell an organ, those who buy it, and those who perform and assist in the illegal operations. Yet, if it were your loved one who was waiting and nearing the end of life, which way would you choose? Can Walt resolve this in his own mind?
As usual, Thornhill is able to carefully balance a serious subject with moments of levity to make his book engaging and entertaining. His brother-in-law's ability to get them out of jams are referenced by Thornhill to the actions of MacGyver and Dirty Harry. The character of Jerry the Joker gets to tell several jokes as the gang goes undercover as Salvation Army bell ringers to catch some Christmas bad guys. For those living in the Kansas City area, familiar mobsters from days past are woven into the story. He gives us thrills, laughter, suspense, and something new to learn about and philosophize over.
Read and enjoy, this is worth it's five star rating!
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