This author drops his bombshells early in the game.
Lindsay has a rare condition – Negli’s aplastic anaemia. Which her G.P., Dr. Roy Orenthaler assures his patient, can be fatal if not treated successfully and perhaps this may be the real reason for her behaviour during the prologue. Difficult to say, since I’ve only just met Lindsay.
Dr Roy, is being as honest as possible, without the sugar coating.
Then here’s the truth, Lindsay. What you have is life threatening
Something which is always appreciated regardless of the worst case scenario. Better to know immediately so the patient can learn to deal with the emotional and psychological impact as soon as humanly possible. The shear will to live, being immensely important during any treatment.
Lindsay is trying to understand how serious her medical crisis is, all the while wondering how it will affect her career and hoped for advancement.
There comes a point in everybody’s life when you realize the stakes have suddenly changed. The carefree ride of your life slams into a stone wall; all those years of merely bouncing along, life taking you where you want to go, abruptly end.
Dr. Orenthaler, on the other hand, is trying to stress how vital it is to start treatment a.s.a.p. and seems to be failing somewhat. Lindsay may need time for the implications to hit home. This condition could kill her if not treated quickly. I can sympathise with her desire to keep working, she doesn’t want all her hard work to be in vain (no pun intended). It’s still surprisingly difficult as a woman in a man’s world, in this so-called “Modern Age”, to be treated seriously and with true equality. The age may be Modern but it is far from being Enlightened still. Lindsay being the only female detective in her department, she must have struggled to achieve her current status and to her have her talents recognised enough to reach Detective Inspector. Even with the Negli’s, I can well imagine her not wishing to show any sign of weakness, lest she be pronounced unfit for duty.