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A Handful of Ashes
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About The Book
Susan Bayliss became notorious when she blew the whistle on her boss, a famous heart surgeon at a renowned children’s hospital. She accused him of negligence, operations were halted, and an inquiry launched. But in the end, she was the one suspended as a troublemaker.Now Dr. Harry Kent, a medical examiner with the Metropolitan Police, has been called out to certify her suicide. But something about the scene is wrong; it appears someone held Susan down while she died . . .The grieving parents of the children who died demand answers. e hospital is stonewalling. Everyone has secrets. And it’s up to Harry Kent and Detective Chief Inspector Frankie Noble to find out which secrets were worth killing for.
- Publisher: Pegasus Crime (May 1, 2018)
- Length: 384 pages
- ISBN13: 9781681778143
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Raves and Reviews
"Outstanding. McCarthy delivers a startling ending and perfectly blends the whodunit plot with Harry’s struggles with his addiction and his relationship with Frankie."
– Publishers Weekly (starred)
"McCarthy has created humane, fallible characters—notably Kent and Noble, who struggle with addictions—as he spins a taut plot that’s part police procedural, part medical thriller. An unbeatable combination for what’s shaping up as a winning series."
– Booklist (starred)
"This second entry in an excellent medical thriller/police procedural series fulfills the promise of the first volume. Fast-paced with an unexpected ending, this novel has everything fans of the genre could want."
– Library Journal
"Delivers its gruesome details in the authentic voice of the medical student McCarthy happens to be. Presented with jarring realism and zero sentimentality."
– New York Times Book Review
"An accomplished first novel. McCarthy provides a fascinating look at the sociology of crime and policing."
– Publishers Weekly
"Dr. Harry Kent, the protagonist of English author (and medical student) Rob McCarthy’s A Handful of Ashes, takes his job as a medical examiner with London’s Metropolitan Police very much to heart. With the gifted Mr. McCarthy in charge, the prognosis is guardedly optimistic."
– Wall Street Journal
"The Hollow Men is gritty and intense; it’s complex and explosive. The characters in this debut are exemplary and McCarthy is unquestioningly a writer to watch."
– Shelf Awareness
"A perfect mix of detective novel and medical drama. The grit and level of detail presented in [McCarthy’s] narratives shape the foundation of good story and his character development effort is admirable. McCarthy is a new voice to watch and this title makes a good companion for fans of medical thrillers."
– Mystery Tribune
"This fast-paced mix of medical thriller and crime novel keeps readers guessing until the surprising finale."
– Library Journal
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