Jack Birge’s memoir, “Murder Without Death,” chronicles the writer’s struggle to maintain his freedom after he challenges authority. It is imperative for the reader to trust the narrator’s point of view during this “every man” versus “the man” story. The story starts off with a conviction being read and a trip to jail for Birge for destroying the police record which accused his oldest son of marijuana possession and distribution. The scene paints a picture of a man who is beaten and worn with nothing but hope to run on.

The story then flashes back 17 years. Jack and his then pregnant wife and two young boys move to Carrollton, Georgia. The scene shows a reluctant future and unhappy marriage. The move was a result of Birge having to sacrifice pursuing a career in academic surgery to settle down with a more stable job in Carrollton to support his family. Birge settles into his new life in the small town where he becomes a respected figure. Conditions at the hospital, though, are less than satisfactory. It is made clear to Birge from his first day in town that the town is run by Southwire owner Roy Richards. He owns the banks, radio station, newspaper, and even has influence on the law. Putting money into the hospital would take money away from Richards. As a frustrated Birge refuses to give up, Richards retaliates by framing Birge’s oldest son for drug distribution. By now, Birge realizes just how powerful Richards is. As he tries to take the law into his own hands, he unveils crooked cops, a ball-and-chained authority, and tyrant of a judge who does everything in his power to convict Birge for destroying his son’s police file, putting him in danger of serious, unfair jail time, financial ruin, and even vague threats on his life.

This is a story in which none of the characters can be trusted except for Birge’s closest friends and family. He is backed by his grateful patients who know their doctor is innocent. The story gets complex with the numerous conspiracies and characters brought into play. Every step in the story is well detailed from transcripts of secret recordings to expose those out to ruin Birge to what went on at court trials and the unfair, blood boiling treatment the defense received. Birge’s time in jail about two-thirds of the way through the story shows the complete isolation and animal-like treatment he observed. His only comfort besides Sunday visits from his family are shouts of support from outside his cell window. Another clever way Birge breaks up the tension of the plot is oddly enough through recollections of serious and significant emergencies that roll through the hospital. His personal life is only recalled as it pertains to his legal problems including difficulties with a failed marriage and rekindling an old relationship that never got started because of the marriage.

The story itself is pretty sensational though not unbelievable given the details and world-for-word conversations that are recounted. Despite this, the title is a bit overdramatic considering that the tone of the story depicts a man who refuses to die no matter how many legal bullets pierce him. Even when pushed to the limit, Birge still continues to fight for the people and himself. It also ends abruptly with a new can of worms opened before the two page epilogue which depicts a new start with a haunting past. Perhaps the rest of the story will be saved for a sequel.

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