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The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer
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Aug 02, 12

Read in August, 2012

Flat characters, stilted dialogue, and a weak story.
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Brilliant doctor with Asperger's (main character, Thea) gets called home from her gig with Doctors Without Borders when her brilliant doctor father is involved in a near-fatal hit-and-run. Her twin brother and sister (also doctors, but not as brilliant) want to let dad go. Eldest brother Dmitri(brilliant, non-doctor, and more severe Asperger's than lil sis) lives at home playing video games and hacking into his siblings' e-mails and brokerage accounts, creating fake IDs, and accessing verious other "secure" servers. Thea suspects there's more to the situation, especially when Dmitri shares his recreation of the crash showing it must have been intentional.

Why can Dmitri only manage a stick-figure animation of the crash? And during her investigation at the hospital Thea never thinks of asking her brother to hack into the system (that he helped create) so she can find the evidence she seeks, instead opting to participate in a lame break-in. Why not have Thea ask Dmitri for help unless doing so would mess up the story line in which Dmitri is the culprit?

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