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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
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By Debbie on 05-12-09

The narration makes it worth the listen.

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.

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By Elstar on 02-23-08

Wonderful

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!

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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By Sue on 07-22-08

Don't miss this one

What a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself listening in the car so I could continue the story. Always a sure sign for me as I normally do bedtime reading only. The plot was suspending reality but that was of no matter. It was excellent and drew me into the book very quickly. Absorbing and interesting.
I like long books as i can really get into them and the length on this one was great. Long enough to get the best of the book without getting repetitive.
The narration was crisp, clear and the characters well defined. Audio quality also crisp with no glitches.
If you want a great read that is gripping and well considered, get this book. But watch out, you never know what could happen next.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful


By Anushka on 09-04-07

Do you like intrigue?

A great story that reels you in. Weird title, great story. Be prepared to have your earphones in at every opportunity.. voice of reader, mesmeric .. go there if you dare! Wonderful. You won't regret it.

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By Sandra on 06-30-17

Top Shelf

Really good. Better than the first. Looking forward to the rest of this series. Sean Barrett brilliant as usual, bringing McCarthy's exceptional characters into vivid reality in the mind's eye. Unmissable really. If this were a physical book, it would be kept on my top shelf.

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By Peter Eerden on 01-25-17

Another excellent who done it

I really enjoy this series and had already downloaded the next in the series. The very flawed characters, both goodies and baddies bare there souls for all to see and the humour in the story keeps me guessing. Highly recommended.

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