Dr. Don W. Hill has launched into a new endeavor of fiction writing. The first novel in his recently completed DNR TRILOGY, “Backing the Wrong Primate”, is now in print on demand through Archway Publishing, and is now available through Archway, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles. Volume II, “No Good Deed…”, and Volume III, “Clinical Justice”, are completed and will be available at year’s end.
The trilogy concerns the unsettling story of J. D. Brewster who is an aging physician winding down a medical career of miserable mediocrity. He learns that his estranged friend, and co-conspirator in a crime, is dying from cancer. Upon his friend’s passing, Brewster realizes he is the last man standing who was involved in the commission of a great sin that occurred years ago. Now that his very last co-conspirator was dead, Brewster elects to write a memoir for posterity to be personally exonerated from what was an evil deed. Through self-delusion, Brewster claimed what he had done was a righteous carriage of “clinical justice.”
In his memoir, Brewster recollects the events from the early 1980s when he was a young medical student in Houston. During this time, he and his colleagues were brutally and serially de-humanized in their two-year clinical clerkship rotations to the point where Brewster was left a spiritually broken man ensnared in a quagmire of moral despair. Brewster was able to murder a hospitalized individual who was a vicious career criminal and killer, and he and his colleagues involved in the murder get away with the foul deed for 35 years.
In the end, when Brewster completes the memoir, he has an awakening that what he had done in the past was wrong. What he thought was an act of righteous “clinical justice” was ultimately not his call to make when acted as judge, jury, and executioner. His memoir becomes a confession that will hopefully allow the elderly doctor to find redemption, and perhaps, even salvation.
This outline is the basis for a nearly 1,500 page, dark and disturbing three volume tome of fiction called the DNR TRILOGY. DNR is a medical abbreviation for the term, “DO NOT RESUSCITATE”, which is a recurrent thematic element throughout the trilogy. Rife with moral ambiguity, the story is a fictional account of real historical events that this author witnessed, participated in, or was otherwise privy to.