What is a Life Worth?
I stayed up way too late last night finishing The Common Lawyer by Mark Ginenez. Gimenez books get off to a slow start by taking great pains to set the stage and introduce the main characters. In the two books I've read by him, this one and The Color of Law , the start was so slow I was tempted to stop reading. And then the reader gets hit with the action and stays involved until the end.
Each of these books features a lawyer whose life changes in the course of the book, as do his values. Each one faces a moral challenge. In The Common Lawyer , a billionaire, whose son has an incurable cancer, is unable to find a cure no matter how much of his money he spends on research and medical help. There is only one person who might be able to save his son. The question is, to what lengths will the billionaire go to get that person to cooperate? To what lengths will the drug companies go to stop that person from putting them out of business? To what lengths will that person go not to be found? The lawyer, Andy Prescott, has to decide what he will do when he finally has all the information he needs about the job he's been hired to do. Will he finish the job he was paid for even if it may hurt the one person who can help? Maybe even kill her?
What is saving a child's life worth if money alone can't save it?
Fortunately most of us will never have to make decisions like this.
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