Royal Pains: Sick Rich
by D.P. Lyle
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451235534
Date: 03 January 2012 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Royal Pains: Sick Rich by D.P. Lyle is based on the hit TV show named Royal Pains on USA. Dr. Hank Lawson was comfy in life as a highly- reputed emergency room doctor in New York City. Later, he was banished by the medical community based on a political move over the treatment of one of his patients who happened to be a huge benefactor of the hospital. With a little good fortune, Hank was invited to a party in the ultra-rich Hamptons on Long Island with his brother Evan. At the party, one of the distinguished guests had a heart problem and Hank was there to treat him. This led Hank to start HankMed, with his brother as business manager and duty schmoozer, as a concierge medical practice to the wealthy residents of the Hamptons. The novel reads like an episode of the TV show, but has sufficient background to follow the story even if you have not seen the show. The storyline is character-centered with Hank and Evan, their physician's assistant Divya, Hank's girlfriend Jill, and the various patients and local residents. The storyline centers around Jill organizing a health fair at the local high school, with HankMed providing the First Aid services.
In a second plotline, a teenager is found strung out on a new psychedelic drug sold as little pink pills to make the kids think they are safe and not serious amphetamines. Dr. Lawson comes to the rescue and the storyline of the health fair also involves finding other teenagers that have used the drug, plus finding the dealers.
I already said that the story is character-centered. Hank is one of the most likeable persons you will ever meet. He is also the quiet brother, whereas Evan is the hyper one and the big talker. Divya and Evan have a constant mock-argumentative banter that weaves throughout the story. The patients are interesting and vary from the ultra-rich in magnificent homes, to more modest residents and their children. It is fun to read. Mark Feuerstein, who plays Hank in the TV show, is also obscenely cute. He is not the standard Hollywood dashing and handsome, but rather cute, humble and very likeable. It makes both the novel fun to read and the TV show fun to watch.
It's a great airport book. I read it partially on a 9-hour plane ride from Tokyo to New York. It is intricate enough to grab your attention without requiring a matrix to track all the details. Plus, the characters are loveable. I recommend Royal Pains: Sick Rich as a fun and light read.