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Hiram McDowell is a talented surgeon and a member of the President’s cabinet who lives a life of privilege. But his callousness and questionable morality draws ire from his friends and colleagues, so much so that they are out to ruin him. McDowell is a philandering man who’s on his third marriage with several children, stepchildren and a girlfriend who lives halfway across the world.
But when a family tragedy hits home, life presents the doctor with a dilemma that leads to a felonious crime. After losing all that he has, he needs to decide what to do next.
McDowell is about rebuilding your life when it has crumbled. When you have sunk so far you have to ask yourself the big questions like “Why are we here? and What responsibility do we have to be a good person?”
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William H. Coles is the award-winning author of short stories, essays on writing, interviews, and novels in contests such as the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, among others. He is the creator of, a site dedicated to educational material, a workshop, and examples for writers seeking to create lasting character-based fiction with strong dramatic plots that stimulates thought about the human condition. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.