An Indecent Obsession Author:Colleen McCullough The mental ward of a military hospital on a tropical Indo-Pacific island at the end of World War II is the setting for this eagerly awaited new novel. Ward X is a self-contained world for its five remaining patients and their nurse, Honour Langtry. Not only s it physically isolated; the typ of illnes it harbors sets it apart form the reat of t... more »he hospital. for Ward X is the "troppo" war, its inmates soldiers who have broken unde rthe stresses o;f jungle warfare.
Honour Langtry cares deeply for the five men now in her charge -- the ward leader, Neil Parkinson, blind Matt Sawyer, sickly Nugget Jones, the sadistic and amoral Luce Daggett and the severly withdrawn Benedict Maynard. Each is very different from the other in background, temperament and the nature of his problem, but all are bound together by the routine of their days and -- above all-- a shared and posessive devotion to their nurse. THe last thing she and they anticipate or want at this late date, with the hospital soon to close, is a new admission.
And when Sergeant Michael Wilson presents himself at the Ward X his is instantly an unsettling presence, not only because he will upset the delicate balance of the ward but because he is so visibly intact, a man composed and very much in charge of himself. What is Michael Wilson doing here? Why is he a patient?« less