'McClure's forte is to take an outside medical possibility, decide on the worst possible outcome...and write a book' -- The Scotsman
Ex-Special Forces medic, Dr Steven Dunbar, now works for the Sci-Med Inspectorate, a small unit based in the UK Home Office whose job it is to investigate crime in the Hi-Tec areas of science and medicine. Steven is therefore surprised when he is asked to investigate the deathbed confession of convicted psychopath, Hector Combe. Combe, confined to the State Mental Hospital in central Scotland, claims to have raped and murdered a young girl in a village outside Edinburgh some years before – a particularly brutal killing for which another man has been convicted and has languished in prison for over nine years. Steven begins to understand the request for his involvement when it emerges that the prisoner, Dr David Little, was an outstanding medical researcher before the murder and has always maintained his innocence. His conviction however, was based on indisputable DNA evidence, a perfect match and completely beyond doubt. Understandably, the local police resent Steven questioning anything at all about such an open and shut case but, as he begins to find his life in danger, Steven realises that the police are not the only ones objecting to his involvement.
This title was first published by Allison & Busby in the UK in 2005. It was the fifth thriller to feature Steven Dunbar, a series which will extend to nine when LOST CAUSES is published by Birlinn/Polygon in the UK in May 2011.
Ken McClure is the internationally bestselling author of over twenty medical thrillers such as The Lazarus Strain, The Gulf Conspiracy, White Death and Dust to Dust. His books have been translated into twenty-three languages and he has earned a reputation for the accuracy of his predicitions. McClure's work is informed by his background as an award-winning research scientist with the UK's Medical Research Council.