About the book
Two Drifters is a sequel to Newman’s first novel, Occam’s Razor, and continues the story of Dr. Declan Murphy–literature’s only obstetrical action hero.
Two Drifters begins with Dr. Declan Murphy struggling to recover from the tragic death of his wife Helene. He has returned to work as an attending Obstetrician-Gynecologist at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Declan and Helene had come together in Occam’s Razor when he rescued her from involvement with the Operation Jackpot drug smugglers, a Federal sting operation and her abusive father who just happened to be the ambitious state governor. Unfortunately, there are some sins for which you’re never forgiven.
Helene’s death has left Declan angry, apathetic and lonely. He’s lost his commitment to medicine and his clinical performance has deteriorated. Things come to a head on July 4th when an obstetrical emergency leads to a confrontation between Dr. Murphy and the anesthesia service resulting in a peer-review complaint against him followed by a suspension. That same night Declan has a confrontation with a pair of itinerant drifters who have shown up in his examination room without any prenatal care.
That confrontation leads directly to allegations of negligence and a medical malpractice lawsuit with tremendous financial exposure for both Declan and the University. Despite what seems like an open and shut case, Declan believes that he has followed the standard of care precisely. Declan senses that something is amiss with this couple and that their lack of sophistication is a canard. He begins his own investigation tracking the couple from the mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky to the industrial wastelands and biker bars of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Declan’s quest to discover the truth behind his accusers leads him into life-threatening jeopardy, shocking discoveries and unimaginable evil. These discoveries, and his personal and professional redemption, would not be possible without the help of his lawyer, and possibly his only remaining friend, Rosemary Winslow.
About the author
Roger Newman isan Endowed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He has practiced at MUSC for thirty years and has started writing novels late in his career. But, better late than never. He has a national reputation in his field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and, more specifically, for the care of women with multiple fetuses. He has co-authored the award winning book, When Your Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads. The goal of his writing is to translate 30 years of obstetrical experience and his knowledge of maternal and fetal medicine into exciting medical thrillers.