Introducing… THE DOCTOR AND MR. DYLAN by Rick Novak

Rick Novak, MDRick Novak’s debut novel The Doctor and Mr. Dylan, publication date September 9th, 2014 by Pegasus Books, is now for sale online at and all major on-line retailers.

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Greetings. My name is Rick Novak, and I’m an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University and the author of The Doctor and Mr. Dylan, published by Pegasus Books.

The Doctor and Mr. Dylan is equal parts medical thriller, legal thriller, and ode to Bob Dylan, and is set in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. An unhappily married doctor has the opportunity to anesthetize his wife for an emergency surgery. She dies, and the doctor stands trial for murder. He’s certain the real murderer is a psychotic nurse named Bobby Dylan, a man who believes himself to be the real rock ‘n roll legend Bob Dylan.

I spent three years of my life writing, rewriting, finding my agent Anne Devlin, and selling The Doctor and Mr. Dylan to Pegasus Books. I did this while maintaining a full clinical practice and parenting my three sons, and not once did I feel  the writing was work. It was a pleasure and a passion of mine to create imaginative fiction that merged medical fact, legal drama, relationship trauma, and in the case of The Doctor and Mr. Dylan… rock and roll music.

Pick up your copy of TD&MD and enjoy!

Feel free to contact me at for questions, comments, or personal appearance opportunities.

Thank you,

Rick Novak


In this debut thriller, tragedies strike an anesthesiologist as he tries to start a new life with his son.

Dr. Nico Antone, an anesthesiologist at Stanford University, is married to Alexandra, a high-powered real estate agent obsessed with money. Their son, Johnny, an 11th-grader with immense potential, struggles to get the grades he’ll need to attend an Ivy League college. After a screaming match with Alexandra, Nico moves himself and Johnny from Palo Alto, California, to his frozen childhood home of Hibbing, Minnesota. The move should help Johnny improve his grades and thus seem more attractive to universities, but Nico loves the freedom from his wife, too. Hibbing also happens to be the hometown of music icon Bob Dylan. Joining the hospital staff, Nico runs afoul of a grouchy nurse anesthetist calling himself Bobby Dylan, who plays Dylan songs twice a week in a bar called Heaven’s Door. As Nico and Johnny settle in, their lives turn around; they even start dating the gorgeous mother/daughter pair of Lena and Echo Johnson. However, when Johnny accidentally impregnates Echo, the lives of the Hibbing transplants start to implode. In true page-turner fashion, first-time novelist Novak gets started by killing soulless Alexandra, which accelerates the downfall of his underdog protagonist now accused of murder. Dialogue is pitch-perfect, and the insults hurled between Nico and his wife are as hilarious as they are hurtful: “Are you my husband, Nico? Or my dependent?” The author’s medical expertise proves central to the plot, and there are a few grisly moments, as when “dark blood percolated” from a patient’s nostrils “like coffee grounds.” Bob Dylan details add quirkiness to what might otherwise be a chilly revenge tale; we’re told, for instance, that Dylan taught “every singer with a less-than-perfect voice…how to sneer and twist off syllables.” Courtroom scenes toward the end crackle with energy, though one scene involving a snowmobile ties up a certain plot thread too neatly. By the end, Nico has rolled with a great many punches.

Nuanced characterization and crafty details help this debut soar.

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  1. Hey Dr. Novak, I’m hoping you didn’t use inappropriate punctuation (apostrophe) in your novel like you did in your preface/description of your superb medical thriller.
    Dino Kattato, one of many CRNAs (not CRNA’s).

  2. Rick – Congratulations on the book! I’d love to get a signed copy of your book to give to my Mom, Margaret Hope. Let me know how I can buy one and arrange for that. She’s in an assisted living home now. Our parents were good friends growing up in Hibbing. I actually spent a lot of quality time on your living room floor as our Moms talked away the afternoon – when they weren’t reading books. My parents instilled the book bug in all of their children.

  3. Dear Dr. Novak,
    I read your book yesterday. What a fun read! I also grew up in Hibbing. I loved that you included familiar last names! (Barratto, Perpich, ) Looking forward to your next book!

  4. Rick

    Enjoyed your book! I remember you from high school (you were a couple years younger). I have been “Edward Martinovich’s” law partner for the past 40 years here in Hibbing. Good job!

  5. Dear Dr. Novak, I liked your book very much. Did you know on Dec. 10 there will be an official celebration and fund-raiser at the Androy Hotel to honor Bob Dylan. The funds will be raised for a bronze statue of Hibbing’s Nobel Prize winner and poet. The statue will be sited at Hibbing High School.
    Thanks again for the great read of “The Doctor and Mr. Dylan.”

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