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Publisher's Summary

The second thrilling book in the London-set Dr Harry Kent series, the perfect mix of detective novel and medical drama.

Susan Bayliss became notorious when she blew the whistle on her boss, a heart surgeon at a renowned children's hospital. She accused him of negligence, operations were stopped and an inquiry launched. In the end, she was the one suspended as a troublemaker.

Now Dr Harry Kent, a medical examiner with the Met Police, has been called out to certify her suicide. But something about the scene is wrong. Someone held Susan down....

The grieving parents of the children who died demand answers. The hospital is stonewalling. Everyone has secrets - it's up to Harry and DCI Frankie Noble to find out which were worth killing for.

©2017 Rob McCarthy (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic Reviews

"Gritty, authentic and has enough twists to keep readers guessing until a shocking conclusion. McCarthy is a bright talentThis ferocious debut from a young medical student is one of the finest first crime novels I have encountered this year...Written with admirable verve and lacerating detail, it announces the arrival of a shiny new talent in British crime writing and grips from the startGrippingA stunning debut...gripping and originalA brilliant hero...every page is full of tensionA good story, well told, and very much enriched by an insider's knowledgeMcCarthy is an original new voice who uses his inside knowledge to great effect in this memorable novel.A fast-moving, wholly contemporary tale...The vibrant mix of medical thriller and police procedural is enhanced by the realistic backdrop of inner-city social problems." (Praise for The Hollowmen)

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  • 01-02-2018

compelling plot & characters, melodramatic reading

original take on police/medical drama with damaged investigators. Terrible reader -plummy amateur am drama over emphasis and unconvincing accents.

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