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Salty Like Blood by Harry Kraus, M.D

Salty Like Blood, by Harry Kraus, M.D., continues this doctor’s theme of writing about medical and religious / ethical themes. In this latest work, we meet David Connors, M.D., whose seven year old daughter Rachel disappears one afternoon at David’s childhood home in a little Chesapeake Bay island when David with his wife and daughter go to check on his dying father. The local authorities want to claim it as an accidental drowning with the body carried out to the ocean. David learns that another couple from the island recently lost a little girl who looked a lot like Rachel and had a similar pound puppy stuffed animal with her. He cannot be satisfied until he finds Rachel or gets revenge for her death. His wife Jo just wants to mourn her daughter’s loss by drowning alone and move on with her life. Jo’s mother uses Rachel’s disappearance to further Jo’s father (“The Senator’s”) political career driving a further wedge in their rocky relationship. Old flame and finance’ at the time of David and Jo’s elopement Blake begins appearing by her side so frequently she can no longer see it as coincidence. David explores his relationship with his parents and his upbringing as he loses his position with a prestigious medical consortium and takes a part-time job with the prison in his home county. There is the further complication of the beautiful and kind Amini, David’s next door Somali neighbor on the island. Told primarily from the first person account of David with some omniscient narrative from Jo’s point of view, this is not Kraus’ best work, but it is still an engaging novel. His Clare McCall novels (For the Rest of My Life, All I Ever Need and Could I Have This Dance?) are quite compelling dealing with life and love and coping with the destruction genetic Huntington’s Disease. The first and best novel I read by Kraus is The Chairman – the story of a policeman who was shot in the line of duty and paralyzed. Readers can visit his web site to learn more about his career, his faith, and his works.