Mississippi author Dr. Darden North’s latest medical thriller “Fresh Frozen” has readers wanting to turn the next page.
While Dr. North is still working fulltime at his Medical Practice, Jackson Healthcare for Women, P.A., he divides his spare time between his wife, children, pets and, of course, writing sessions. It’s paying off, too. North has just released his third novel since 2005. In his first book, “House Call,” North wove the story lines with a dark, violent streak. Who will ever take another bath without thinking twice after reading this suspense-filled Southern novel? His second book, “Points of Origin,” told the story of the fictional Larkspur, Mississippi residents with all of their emotional fires, as well as sinister goings-on in the town. North adeptly wove the lives of new characters, as well as some of his initial characters, creating a relationship with the town folk that left readers wanting more. North crafts a story that nails Delta social life, showing how residents wish folks would behave differently, how they usually try to give people a chance, and if the problems are not fixed, then how they will take care of it in some discreet southern way. North sold more than 15,000 copies of his first two books, which is very successful for self-published books.
In his latest book, “Fresh Frozen,” North jumps right into the dark side bringing some previous characters along for the ride. This time, the plot line follows more than just a murderous side. His characters include a young cop and his unstable wife-desperately trying to get pregnant; a movie star; a Southern socialite; and, the beloved character Knox Chamblee, who plays a gynecologist that joins the newly opened Van Deman Center, a state-of-the-art fertility clinic just north of Jackson near Canton. Oh, and one cannot forget about the Internet voyeur and thief who has been hired to snoop and eventually steal certain frozen embryos.
Throughout the book, North skillfully demonstrates the personal side of people and the mental stressors they face while working with an infertility clinic. He clearly shows how something as controversial as frozen human embryos can draw the attention of readers, while at the same time show how this issue can cause greed, torment over the medical ethics involved and agony when things don’t go as planned.
North cements himself into the ranks of medical thriller authors with this third, fast-paced novel. Add a grisly murder, a heist of frozen human embryos, some mystery and suspense, shake it all together and you get this intriguing medical science mystery set in the heart of Mississippi. North’s medical experience, together with his zest for writing about Delta characters, pushes North into the ranks of other doctors-turned-writers. Crichton comes to mind, as does Robin Cook. It wouldn’t be a surprise if North is soon busy working on the screen play of one of his books.
Both “House Call” and “Points of Origin” were nominated in fiction by the Mississippi Institute for Art and Letters and by the Southern Independent Book Association. North’s work has been published as a finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog. He also participated in the “Thriller Author Panel” at the annual Southern Independent Book Association Trade Show this fall.
North can be seen at the following locations:
• Dec. 6 at McCormick Book Inn in Greenville from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
• North returns to the Jackson area for signings through the end of the year; visit www.dardennorth.com for a detailed listing.
Contact MBJ contributing writer MaryBeth Gokee at email@example.com .