The Fixer by Joseph Finder

The Fixer

I did it again.  I started the thriller, The Fixer by Joseph Finder on Thursday and stayed up far too late.  Thankfully, Friday was my day off.  I’d promised myself I’d stay away from thrillers for awhile so that I could get some sleep.  But when my boss told me she had read a book that included a character who received TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) I was intrigued.  It’s the treatment I received for depression earlier this year that helped me be able to read again.  In this book, it’s being used for a stroke victim.  The doctor in the book who explains the procedure explains it pretty accurately.  Except when asked if it will hurt.  His response, “At most, it may feel like a series of pinpricks.”  Based on my experience it feels like a woodpecker pecking over and over.  One thing he gets right is it’s an expensive treatment.  Using it for stroke treatment isn’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration at this point.  Thankfully, it’s approved for treatment for depression.  My insurance company said they would cover it.  Said being the operative word.  From past mental health related issues, I know I’ll have to jump through many hoops to get them to do what they said.  Enough of that.  What’s the book about?

Here’s a small teaser from the publisher’s web page, “When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancée, and apartment, his only option is to move back into — and renovate — the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home.

As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery. . . (Dutton Books)

I’ve discovered another thriller writer whose books I’m eager to read.  Sleep or Joseph Finder’s books?  It’s a hard choice.