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  • : Now You See Me...

    Now You See Me...
    A Molly Blume Mystery
    "One of this year's best mystery intriguing, engrossing, and even enchanting tale magnificently and beautifully told" - Bookreporter
    "A gripping tale of deceit, revenge and murder" - Jerusalem Post

    "A well-crafted mystery that is also a powerful exploration of the tragedy of unintended consequences. Krich excels at creating suspense through her characters' struggles and mistakes...a page-turner." -- Library Journal

    "Krich puts a sure finger on the painful spots where ordinary kids' problems turn into murderous melodrama—all at a bargain price." - Kirkus Review

  • : Dream House

    Dream House
    Agatha Award Nominee
    "Tantalizing...engaging" - Booklist

  • : Blues in the Night

    Blues in the Night
    Agatha Award Nominee
    "A sleuth worth her salt" - NY Times Book Review
    "A fresh new presence...Smart, resourceful, and curious--not much escapes her." Sue Grafton


    Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award
    L.A.Times Bestseller
    "Krich once again expertly mixes Orthodox Jewish faith with crisp, whodunit plotting....An engaging thriller...Krich never misses a beat" (Publishers Weekly)
    Winner of the Calavera Award

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January 10, 2006



Thanks, Julie and everyone else who commented. Yesterday I found myself in the building where Dr. X has his office - wondered whether he ever spoke to his staff.

Julie Herman


I am so glad that your missed opportunity came around again -- and that you were able to do the right thing for Mrs. Berlaz's daughter.

How many people have been through that office and have never spoken of the treatment they endured.

There are good people in the world -- you have proven this through your actions.

If it is a comfort to you that your father's indignity was not in vain, consider this: If you had not continued to relive that incident, would Mrs. Berlaz's daughter have found the champion you became?

Thank you for speaking up.

Joe Bickley

We have devalued compassion most dangerously in the interests of economies of time. It is no longer a social or academic virtue. The truly sad thing to me is that these receptionsists have no idea that what they were saying was wrong.

Barbara W. Klaser

I agree that there's a certain need for medical professionals to maintain objectivity and avoid burnout, but in my mind that doesn't preclude common courtesy. In both cases, blatant rudeness and even a kind of cold cruelty entered into the interactions with patients. That is directly in conflict with what we hope would be a healing environment.

One can maintain emotional balance and still be kind.


Dear Mrs. Krich,

I come to your blog by way of I just read your story of the doctor's staff with great interest and will comment a bit more later when I have more time, but I do plan to visit your site frequently.

I am ...

Very Sincerely yours,

Alan D. Busch

Barbara Brown

The sad fact is that keeping a "professional distance" from patients is not only encouraged but carefully taught.
One could almost forgive this cold and even cruel behavior on the part of the doctor's staff when we consider that the purpose of the "professional attitude" is to continue to "serve" without reaching the burn out phase that can come from allowing themselves to feel compassion for each person in their care.
In the end, however, there is absolutely no excuse for it.
Meanwhile, every person that we meet in our lives who knows better and brings care, concern and genuine empathy to others and shares their humanity with each to the next is that much more precious.

I applaud your bringing this matter here to share, please accept and add my support to that of others here along with those who do not know what to say to make clear that they, too, understand.
Please, too, consider this an attempt to make apology for those among us who seem to have simply forgotten how to feel genuine concern for their fellows, and act appropriately in the community. I add my voice so that I, too, may help assure you that you are not alone in your protracted sadness, so you know that you do not bear it alone.


Unfortunately, I believe that medicine has become too much of a business and lost its element of empathy and/or compassion. Perhaps naively, we as Jews think that others should be mensches too. More often than not, as evident by Rochelle's accounting, that is no longer the case. At least you got the doctor to call you back and the same day!

Jo Anne

I had a similar experience when I complained to a doctor. I had received a phone call that my mother's ride hadn't come(she was in a wheelchair). When I called, I was told that the staff had brought her downstairs and left her alone in the dark waiting for a ride. When I started crying and said I was shocked that they would do this, I was told that "your mom is not our problem. Our office is closing." I called the doctor the next day. My phone calls to him went unreturned, so I wrote him a letter. I received a letter back, but rather than an apology the doctor BLASTED me for my accusations. I came to the conclusion that this type of behavior wouldn't be tolerated unless the person at the top also had poor values. It almost seems worthless to complain under these circumstances, because (shockingly) there is no one to complain TO. Our examples are in the medical field but I find this occuring to a lesser extent in other professions that deal with customers.

rabbi neil fleischmann

I'm thinking no too, regarding your last line. But it was good for you yourself that you followed through and said what had to be said. Man's inhumanity to man comes in daily doses, in private places, so many people living lifes of quiet abomination. Sad.

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