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FENTON'S WINTER [Kindle Edition]

Ken McClure
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Book Description

In an Edinburgh hospital a young doctor dies in agony, trapped in a steam-filled steriliser. Three subsequent victims inexplicably bleed to death: lab technician Susan Daniels, little Timmy Watson who was recovering from his 'life-saving' operation, and an orderly who cut herself on a broken vase. All three are found to have had a powerful anticoagulant introduced into their blood. What madman is at work in the hospital? And why?

Biochemist Tom Fenton begins his own investigations after stumbling on some of the young doctor's mysterious research. And when his girlfriend Jenny is accused of murder he is even more determined to find the answers - putting his own life at great risk . . .

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.

This book was first published by Collins/Fontana in the UK in 1989 and subesequently by Pocket Books - an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd. (UK) - in 1997.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Saltoun (2 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M5HHK0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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KEN McCLURE is an award-winning medical scientist as well as a global selling author. He was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied medical sciences and cultivated a career that has seen him become a prize-winning researcher in his field. Using this strong background to base his thrillers in the world of science and medicine, he is currently the author of twenty-four novels and his work is available across the globe in over twenty languages. He has visited and stayed in many countries in the course of his research but now lives in the county of East Lothian, just outside Edinburgh.

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4.0 out of 5 stars FENTON'S WINTER 10 April 2012
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This is another of Ken's books I picked up at the wrong time......bed time. Meant I just had to keep reading to find out what was happening. I finished the book at 5am lol. I guessed a few wrong suspects and liked the twist. The author describes a Winter in Edinburgh very accurately, the constant rain and the grey skies are very true and add a good atmosphere to the whole plot.
I have found another favourite book from Ken McClure, thanks
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible storyline. 14 July 2012
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Another great story by Ken McClure, starting with an horrific murder, even made me wince. When hospital patients start to die because of a powerful anticoagulant allows them to bleed to death ( Heparin and warfarin users may want to put the Kettle on )
Only Ken McClure could write this with his incredible medical knowledge, his characters always have the depth that most of us will relate to, I also have a real affinity with his humour, there are some cracking one liners in this book, having now read a great many of Kens books, I think this really is on of his most imaginitive storylines.
Highly Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars murder mystery tale 4 May 2012
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having read another book by the same author i was more than happyto download this one, once again the author puts together a great mystery although for me not quite on par with the lazurus strain, nevertheless, it kept me hooked and i didnt guess the culprit, always a pleasant surprise. Set in a hospital which has mysterious deaths, when its is discovered how you think AAh yes now i see, but you wont be disappointed by this......... i wasnt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious...... 3 May 2012
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The book opens with the grizzly death of Dr Neil Munro. The main character is his best friend, Tom Fenton who also works in the biochemistry department at the Princess Mary Hospital for children. Well, in my ignorance I would normally switch off at that point. What do I know about biochemistry and medical science? But Ken McClure writes with such passion and the story is so realistic and unique that I wouldn't have been able to switch off even if I'd wanted to. The book drew me in and I had to read on....
Tom lives with his girlfriend Jenny Buchan. She is a nurse there. Before Jenny he was happily married with a baby on the way but his wife was killed in a car accident. In fact, life had dealt Tom Fenton a bad hand. After spending three years working in deepest Africa he had learned to come to terms with his wife's death. Now, working at the Princess Mary, assisting in the welfare of children seems to compensate in some way for the child he has lost.
There then follows a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims have all been subjected to a lethal dose of anticoagulant preventing their blood from clotting and resulting in their bleeding to death. Fenton is given the job of looking after Neil Munro's laboratory where he discovers his friend's private research; and so picks up the trail to find the killer.
Ken McClure is an incredibly intelligent award winning medical scientist and his talent in this field becomes more obvious as the book progresses. Fentons Winter kept me on the edge of my seat. It is fast moving, thought provoking, frightening but also realistic and a compelling read. I couldn't put it down. A very clever `must read' book from Ken McClure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book, the first by Mr McClure that I have read. I found the writing well paced and engaging and read it in a day, which is always a good sign for me.

The plot line is original and credible, apart from one element, which is that I find 'secret societies' a little passe and too much of a cliché to be too credible. That to one side, I liked the way that the characters pieced together the 'whodunnit' and found them in themselves to be believable and had no trouble engaging with them. The description of Edinburgh was well written and I could almost feel the wet and cold as I read about it, although I doubt that it would please the Scottish Tourist Board too much.

In short, I would recommend this book and will certainly seek out others by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody tale? 22 April 2012
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Really enjoyed this medical thriller. The main character rang true as did the background. The setting brought Rankin to mind; not surprising since it is rainy Edinburgh, and the writing is as competent and engaging.
Particularly liked the way the minor characters were now and again brought more in to focus so that the reader begins thinking, 'obviously he must be involved'. All the best mysteries and whodunits do this.
Also very much liked the few paragraphs about Tom's father which added depth to the Scottish background.
All in all an enjoyable and well-constructed romp. I found it several degrees better than his `Past Lives' which I recently read. The only thing, and this totally personal, was the motorbike and leathers. Clever Tom should have decided to come in out of the rain and climb into a car.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant free download 6 Dec. 2012
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I love a kindle bargain and this was one of the best so far, so much so I went on to buy kindle download of other books
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Aliane
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This is the first book I have read by Ken McClure and it won't be the last. I was attracted to it because I live in Edinburgh, the setting of the book, and it is written by a local author. It is well-written with plausible, interesting characters. I found it very difficult to put down and read it very quickly, to the detriment of everything else I should have been getting on with.
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