THE SEVENTH CRIME NOVEL IN THE BRILLIANT ANYA CRICHTON SERIES - A SERIOUS RIVAL TO PATRICIA CORNWELL'S DR KAY SCARPETTA.
When forensic pathologist Dr Anya Crichton finds a dead child covered in blood and stuffed into a toy box, her thoughts immediately turn to murder. Then the post mortem reveals that the girl died from a deadly bacterial infection brought on by food poisoning. But does that mean Anya can rule out foul play?
Anya was only meant to be in Tasmania for a conference and to visit her mother, but when more people fall sick, including her father's cousin, Anya becomes intimately involved in the case. At the same time, her mother - with whom Anya has always had a difficult relationship ever since her little sister Miriam went missing thirty years ago - is acting strangely, talking about conspiracies and exhibiting classic signs of dementia.
As Anya deals with her increasingly paranoid mother, she is also racing to discover the source of the fatal bacterial infection. But Anya's investigations into the close-knit Tasmanian agricultural community where the contaminated food originated soon put her in grave danger as someone tries to kill her. As the deaths pile up, Anya's search leads her to an old murder case, and soon it becomes clear that her own family is closer to danger than ever before. But will Anya be able to discover the truth behind the poisoning and unmask the killer in time to save them, and herself?
Praise for Kathryn Fox (. . .)
Kathryn Fox has found the perfect setting for her sixth crime novel featuring the forensic physician Anya Crichton - a cruise ship, from which no one can escape and which is a law unto itself in international waters . . . Well-executed high level suspense. (Daily Mail)
Kathryn Fox has created a forensic physician who readers of Patricia Cornwell will adore (James Patterson)
Brilliant and breathtaking... Lock your doors and read this book (Linda Fairstein)
Voice, pace, suspense and detail - BLOOD BORN has it all (Lee Child)
Kathryn Fox is Australia's answer to Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs (Mail on Sunday)
A gritty pulse-racing thriller (Woman & Home)
Fans of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs and CSI will enjoy [this] new offering from doctor-turned-author Kathryn Fox... It's tense, believable stuff (Sun)
If you're in the mood for a page-turner, you can't go wrong with this compelling thriller that puts Patricia Cornwell to shame... It's not for the faint-hearted, but you won't be able to put it down (Look)
This book will have you holding your breath at every page, a perfect example of how good crime fiction beats the TV dramas hands down any day (News of the World)
Kathryn Fox is a general practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine. She lives in Sydney where she also works as a freelance medical journalist, having written regularly for publications including Australian Doctor, CLEO magazine and the Sun-Herald.
Visit Kathryn Fox's website at www.kathrynfox.com and follow her on Twitter @KathrynFoxBooks.
FATAL IMPACT is Kathryn's seventh novel. Her earlier novels are all available as Hodder paperbacks and as eBooks.