"'Hazel McHaffie tackles the complex issue of making decisions on behalf of patients unable to speak for themselves. Through the experiences of Vivienne Faraday, an unconscious young woman who becomes the victim of an appalling crime, she challenges pre-conceived ideas and drives us to reflect on what is done in the name of modern medicine and what, in similar circumstances, we would choose for our relatives and, indeed, for ourselves.' Brian Hurwitz, in the foreword 'There are very few novels which deal with the issues of contemporary medical ethics in the lively and intensely readable way which Hazel McHaffie's books do. She uses her undoubted skill as a storyteller to weave tales of moral quandary, showing us with subtlety and sympathy how we might tackle some of the ethical issues which modern medicine has thrown up. She has demonstrated that hard cases make good reading.' Alexander McCall Smith 'From Tolstoy to Cronin, writers have raided medicine in search of the raw material of literature. How appropriate that Hazel McHaffie should be repaying the complement by using fiction to help us grapple with the ethical dilemmas so often and so effortlessly conjured up by modern medicine.' Geoff Watts 'Highly recommended. Hazel McHaffie interweaves a scintillating web of medical ethics reflections into her exciting whodunit.' Raanan Gillon"