The scream pierced the calm as a crash of the night’s stormy lightning and aroused the unconscious man like a blast of a billiard ball break. Lee W. Hickok, MD was shocked awake, wondering if it was he who had died. It was a haunting echo, shot through the upper floor of the old fraternity, perhaps the only thing that could awaken the drunken man. The hysterical cry drilled through his cortex, for it was such a tormented and tortured shriek, etched as a ratchet into his intoxicated brain.
He hoped for something else. She lay at the bottom of the building, lifeless and sprawled out on the circular drive, her neck twisted in an awkward position. He knew her identity and surmised she was dead the moment he spied her.
And with that the beautiful red haired medical student and heiress Siobhan Maloney fell to her death during a drunken medical school party at 606 University near the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. At autopsy, Siobhan was found to be three weeks pregnant. In addition, clutched in her hand is a golden necklace whose central jewel is absent. That necklace was purchased by Siobhan on the black market and purported to display the tooth of the famous microbiologist Louis Pasteur, estimated to be worth one million dollars.
There is no apparent eye-witness short of Lee W. Hickok, the alcoholic urologist and part time lover, who was passed out in an adjacent room when the event occurred. The central question in this story is whether Siobhan just unfortunately fell, jumped, as her prior suicide attempt might imply, or was she pushed by one of her many lovers perhaps motivated by the worth of the tooth?
606 University is a who-done-it mystery in which Lee W.’s life as a surgeon, and unfaithful husband, in his world of alcoholism are explored.