When Mark Hartmann is asked to perform a post-mortem on a lab assistant killed by cancer, everything looks straightforward. But his initial findings are surprising: Millicent Sweet appears to have died of several different, aggressive tumours. Before he can discuss this with colleagues, he's called to a conference in Scotland. A serious error of judgement gives a pharmaceutical company a handle on him, and they threaten to expose his excesses unless he falsifies his report on Sweet.
Meanwhile, Millicent's father is suspicious about her death and has contacted lawyer Helena Flemming. Her partner, former forensic pathologist John Eisenmenger, uncovers the original post-mortem and deception, and is determined to unearth the reasons behind the pharmaceutical company's actions.
©2004 Keith McCarthy; (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd
First, the British accent makes the book. I love all the British slang and colloquialisms, so much more descriptive than American writing of this genre. The author writes with wit and cynicism, the seedier side of life. It is more than just plot. The characters are interesting, troubled, and multidimensional. Not everything is right on the surface, in your face. Unfortunately, I started with this book so now must go back to the first one to get the back story on the main characters. In fact I am not finished with this one so may go back before anymore of it is given away. I also plan to order the others.
I am an ten books an month listener, and I LOVED this book. Very british, very stylish, thrilling story and a wonderful narrator. (Of course he has a brittish accent, he IS brittish!) If you want to listen to an american accent, don't listen to this book. If you want to listen to quality, do, and enjoy!
DON?T WASTE YOUR $$$$!!
I am a four-book-a-month listener mostly of thrillers and medical suspense books. I was stuck in an airport with only this book left on my IPod. It was worse listening to this book than listening to the overtired and screaming children running around. The kids won.
The narrator has a heavy English accent and a slow cadence. The book is rife with English colloquialisms and is written from the good-old-boy perspective with much chuffing and grumbling. I never did get to have a taste of plot when more than 45 minutes in, I turned off the book. I was so irritated with it I wanted a refund and wished there was an "on the go" delete button for my IPod. It would have given me pleasure to flush the book away as quickly as possible.
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