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A man suffering from severe depression is abandoned by a medical system which insists on treating him solely with pharmaceuticals against his wishes. In desperation he turns to his neighbour for help - but in a way that neither man would ever have expected. More

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About Richard S. Todd

Richard S. Todd is a Toronto-born author of Canadian fiction.

From the critically-praised novel 'Raincloud' to the newly-released "The Orphans of the Creek", Mr. Todd has entertained his denizens of readers with crisp, exciting, character-driven literature. His short story 'Clive' has been published in the 'Brainstorms' anthology and NoD Magazine #15, and is being produced for film in 2014.

Todd also serves as President of The Editor's Desk, serving writers of all genres at

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Review by: Cindy Pauk on Aug. 12, 2012 :
Very suspenseful!! Interesting how Clive only deals with his neighbour on a dismissive and violent way??? Says a lot for the social condition of today!! Touches lightly on the bureaucratic administration of our governments' idea of helpful!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Krystiana Stacy Kelly on April 30, 2012 :
Mental illness versus how it's treated medically in a brief but fascinating look at the lengths some must go through to get what they need. Great read.
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Review by: E.D. Trimm on Jan. 29, 2012 :
Ha! Classic Todd work! On the face of it, a short story about a psycho. On a deeper, darker level, an indictment of so many health care systems around the globe. They don’t work unless you do something drastically desperate. We never even learn the name of the unlucky soul who couldn’t get the doctors to take him seriously. We know Clive though. It was a sadly brave man who had to take on Clive the alpha-male next door to finally get what he needed from the system. Sad, our world. Another good bit from Richard Todd.
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Review by: Paul Leunissen on Jan. 24, 2012 :
An interesting story that leaves you wanting more - and wondering what happens to the character next. The social commentary on the health care system is spot on. You're left wondering - why didn't anyone reach out and help this person?

It's not for everyone....but it just feels 'real' and has that gritty vibe that puts it above a lot of the tripe that a great many self published authors put out there. Looking forward to the author's next publication.
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Review by: Marcel Callaghan on Jan. 24, 2012 :
Good story. And a relevant topic about today's health care system.
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Review by: Marcel Callaghan on Jan. 24, 2012 :
Good story. And a pretty relevant topic about the health care system.
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Jan. 23, 2012 :
A strange story made worse by some kind of formatting error.
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