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Review Novel Quando Dormo (When I Sleep) Fiction 2020 / 395 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense

Quando Dormo (When I Sleep)
Matt Pechey Review
Reviewed by John J. Brescia

Quando Dormo is the newest novel written by author Edward Izzi. Many of the cast of characters from his prior three novels appear in this fourth thriller. The setting for this novel centers around Chicago by way of Michigan, not surprising, as Edward is originally from that part of the Midwest.

As in his prior novels the author explores moral and philosophical and legal issues that are so important today. In Quando Dormo Edward delves into promiscuity, marital infidelity, the quest to find true long-lasting love, the problems with the current jurisprudence system. But most importantly, the pro-choice vs. pro-life controversy that is still as pertinent today as it was in the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. As in all of Edward Izzi's novels there is the strong ethnic flavor. The Italian and Polish Americans of this Chicago story are quite representative of the mosaic melting pot that makes this nation great. This tale is as much about the strength of family and friends, as it is about a dedicated physician adhering to his moral and religious beliefs. Yet like all good characters, he has some serious flaws, which adds to the complexity and realism in this story.

Each time I read on of Edward's novels I say this one is the best. Each on stands on their own merit, but this story is unique and well worth the time spent.

Dr. David Fazio is a maternity physician at Chicago-Western Medical Hospital. He is a handsome, divorced baby doctor who has more than his share of personal flaws. But Dr. Fazio has one good moral quality going for him: He is a pro-life obstetrician. In a state where late term abortions are now legal, he is currently being strongly encouraged by the hospital to perform abortions to any patient requesting one.

Dr. Fazio has one other problem...he has horrific sleep issues and has been known to be a sleepwalker. He wakes up one morning with severe burns on his hands, while a family planning clinic one block away has burned down to the ground with casualties. The authorities are now suspicious, as the 'Abortion Arsonist' is burning down clinics in Chicagoland, and Dr. Fazio has no clue who it is.

Every time Dr. Fazio sleeps, he has no concept of where he'll wake up or any memory of what damage he may have done the night before...