First You Pay

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To maintain his life style and pay for his wife’s experimental cancer therapy Dr. Paul Ochs slowly slides down the slippery slope of Medicare fraud. His arrogance exposes him to a side of life previously unknown to him. Sent to a maximum security prison his life is altered in unpredictable ways as he struggles to find a new direction. A life that almost ends before the answer appears. More

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About David Haymes

David A. Haymes M.D., F.A.C.P. has been a practicing internist in Dallas for over thirty five years.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
He is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and active at NorthPark Presbyterian Church in Dallas.
He has been active in the Kairos Prison Ministry.
A former member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas County Medical Society, he has lobbied for patient's rights in Austin and Washington.
In 1999 he received his certification in adult coaching at the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.
In 2007 he and his wife went to Kenya on a mission trip sponsored by Saddleback Church in California. They were so moved by what they saw that they established a non-profit, MEDS for Africa, to fund their activities of Medicine, EDucation, and Service. The web site is

He has been writing for several years and attended writing workshops at Southern Methodist University and The University of Iowa.


Review by: J. Helen Elza on Feb. 17, 2013 :
David Hayme's debut novel reads like the work of a seasoned master and with the speed of classic James Patterson. Not at all what I expected, the book delivers so much more. Readers will identify themselves in the pages.

An analysis of human motivations, of the choices that dictate our lives, the book is a banquet of wit, wisdom and insight. The surprise is that every sentence pulses with compassion, with the honesty and emotion of a human heart beat.

The prison inmate language is raw and angry but fortifies the book's message; No man is so lost that he can't be found; no sinner so unworthy that he can't be forgiven, no life so wasted that it can't be redeemed.

In following the metamorphosis of Dr. Paul Ochs from his wealthy, god-like position among the privileged North Dallas elite to the bottom bunk in a prison cell with all his earthly possessions in a 2'X 2' box we experience the metamorphosis.

First You Pay is a mirror that examines our hidden selves and then slaps us with the verdict--guilty! Who among us is not guilty of pride, arrogance, greed, and self-absorption? How many kids do you know will lament "Yeah, my parents were there but they weren't really there." Our guilt extends to abandoning the less fortunate, the "less desirable" and to shunning the less-than-perfect.

In the church pews and in the halls of industry we find no shortage of despair for they are filled with the families of inmates whom have succumbed, individually and collectively to hopelessness.

David Haymes' First you Pay is a celebration and proclamation of HOPE. HOPE for you, HOPE for me, HOPE for them.

J. Helen Elza
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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