A Stitch in Time Author:Emma Lathen The insurance company, invoking the suicide invalidation clause, refused to pay the proceeds of a $100,000 life insurance policy to the Pemberton Freebody estate. The hospital surgeon himself appeared to testify that Freebody had died of a self-inflicted wound. — But the Sloan Guaranty Trust, executors of the Freebody estate, ordered their own a... more »utopsy. And the autopsy revealed that seven hemostatic clips had been sewn up inside the patient before he died.
At the height of the ensuing uproar, unnatural death strikes again at Southport Memorial Hospital. Someone was prescribing murder as an antidote to scandal.
John Putnam Thatcher, vice-president of the Sloan, began the case on Wall Street, tangling with the insurance company. But the answers lay behind the iron curtain of silence that had dropped around Southport Memorial.
Before he can head off a threatened epidemic of murder, Thatcher learns a great deal about the wonders of modern medicine. He also learns that in crime, as in medicine, one old saw cuts as true as ever: A stitch in time....« less