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The Scalpel of Doom

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Published: 1947
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,263 / 9 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,642
Added to site: 2009.02.06 23363

one evening last summer. And I never thought I'd have occasion to kill a man. Every doctor worries that sometime he might make a little mistake, or even just an error of judgment; his patient would die--and the doctor would forever after blame himself. But this wasn't anything like that. I wanted to kill this fellow, and I did. I can't say I'm exactly sorry, but it gives you a queer feeling just the same.

I was alone in my office, that summer night. I live in a little stucco house near the edge of Pleasant Grove Village, with my office and reception room occupying about half its lower floor. My wife and young daughter were away for a week at the beach. I was alone on the premises, that night at midnight. I'd had quite a tough day at the hospital--two operations, one of which had turned out to be more serious than I had anticipated, and a long steady grind of routine calls that had kept me going until about eleven-thirty. I had just decided to go to bed when a car stopped outside. Hurried footsteps came up the walk; my night bell rang.

It was a slim, dark-haired young girl. She wore a black, somewhat shabby raincoat and hood. Which struck me as odd, because it was a hot summer night, with a full

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Paulo Respighi

A doctor gets pulled out of his office on an emergency call and ends up having to kill a man--this isn't a spoiler, the story starts out that way.

The set-up and tension are nice, but the ending was nothing special. It's not exactly a mystery, more of an adventure story.



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