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Claim Denied

In Manhattan, a cancer ridden patient commits suicide rather than become a financial burden to his family. Accusations of malfeasance are leveled against his caregivers. Rogue gastroenterologist, part-time mobster, John Cesari, is tasked to look into the matter on behalf of St. Matt’s hospital. The chaos and inequities of a healthcare system run amok, driven by corporate greed and endless bureaucratic red tape, become all too apparent to him as his inquiry into this tragedy proceeds. On his way to interview the wife of the dead man, Cesari is the victim of seemingly random gun violence and finds himself on life support. Recovering from his wounds, he finds that both he and his world are a very different place. His journey back to normalcy rouses in him a burning desire for justice, placing him in constant danger as evil forces conspire to keep him in the dark.
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About the Author

John Avanzato grew up in the Bronx. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fordham University, he went on to earn his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine. He is currently a board certified gastroenterologist in Geneva, New York, where he lives with his wife of twenty-eight years. Inspired by authors like Tom Clancy, John Grisham, and Lee Child, John writes about strong but flawed heroes. His first two novels, Hostile Hospital and Prescription for Disaster have been well received. Claim Denied is the fourth novel in the Cesari series. The fifth novel is in the works.