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Potent poisons and deadly rivalries abound in this glamorous thriller.

Jim and Millie Hunter have it all: good looks, brilliant minds, and a meteoric rise to fame. Dr Jim Hunter is a genius biochemist, and author of a smash-hit science book that is propelling him to the top. His wife Millie, is a blonde bombshell and fellow scientist, researching rare poisons derived from puffer fish. They seem to have it all, but others in their academic circle have got the knives out, jealous of their success - and their inter-racial relationship arouses prejudice.

So when a double murder is perpetrated, using poison stolen from Millie’s research lab, Captain Carmine Delmonico of Holloman Police must race to find the killer before they can claim their next victim. The pool of suspects is small, but nobody is talking. Have two men died to safeguard the publication of Jim’s book - or do rivalries and betrayals run deeper than that?

©2012 Colleen McCullough (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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an interesting read

I do enjoy reading Colleen McCullough novels. This was interesting set in the USA with themes of racism in the 1950s, 60s, 70s scientific research and academia. She brings the characters alive very well. I loved the story but I would have liked a bit more at the ending. It seemed to end abruptly. There we a long build up but it was all over too fast!