Driven by a desire to avenge the murder of his mother, Dr. Chris Ravello gave up a lucrative medical practice and became an NYPD detective. Tabbed to head the city’s new Medical Crimes Unit, his first case is a sadistic killer known as The Giver, who seems determined to inflict pain on young, pregnant woman he’d deemed unworthy.
Forbidden Birth by William Rubin is a combination police procedural, thriller, and medical mystery that follows Chris as he has to balance his deteriorating family situation with the desperate search for a killer who seems to always be one step ahead of the authorities. A lot of medical information—probably more than a layman reader needs or wants to know—slows the narrative down in a few places, but the author more than makes up for it when he gets to the action scenes.
Lots of red herrings and foreshadowing to keep you guessing, and as much human drama as your nerves can take.
I give it four stars.