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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Murder: What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make? by Don Trimble, author of the phenomenal Hybris, is another compelling story, a murder story that is every bit different from what readers encounter in the mainstream murder genre. Unable to stand the suffering of elders quietly and systematically eliminated through euthanasia, Quint and Doris Ursini embark on a mission to stop the evil by making their fellow compatriots know the worth of human life.
You’ll need to see a psychiatrist if you read this novel without feeling the pain of the old man at the very beginning, listening to a conversation that determines when he dies. You should see a psychiatrist if you read about the man with the number 7777 asking about a wife he used to have when he was a free man. But the poignant question of the five-year-old kid to his mommy: “Where’s our baby?” and not getting an answer because the baby’s been aborted, and he’s heard Daddy say he doesn’t want it, will send a shiver down your spine, if not make you shed some tears. The human being isn’t a statistic that can be written off from a sheet of paper, the author seems to say with a powerful voice through every page of this book.
This book is so human, so powerful, so well-written that it will leave readers asking serious questions about the dignity of life and the right others have to live, whether they are frail or in a vegetative state. It is interesting to see how Don Trimble establishes the supremacy of life over our petty greed by showing exactly how governments and insurance policies, human greed, and the desire to avoid responsibility can rob others of their ultimate freedom, the primary freedom given to everyone, the freedom to live.
The struggle of Quint and Doris Ursini comes across as an irresistible call to everyone to defend life; the story is punctuated by anecdotes that will provoke a new kind of psychological revolution and an awareness in readers, and change the way they see life. This book forbids anyone to ask the question: Murder: What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make? The author shows that murder in any form makes all the difference, be it euthanasia or abortion, and he highlights man’s inalienable right to life, no matter their condition. It’s a must-read for policy makers and to contemporary men and women living within a culture where life is devalued. The writing is crisp and beautiful, and at times, very evocative.