Format Hardcover
Publication Date 05/01/18
ISBN 9781681777719
Trim Size / Pages 9 x 6 in / 384

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A Handful of Ashes

A Novel

Rob McCarthy

In the new Dr. Harry Kent thriller, a whistleblowing doctor commits suicide— or so it seems. When it turns out to be murder, Harry digs deeper to uncover the truth, in this perfect mix of detective novel and medical drama.

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.

Rob McCarthy is a medical student in his fourth year of study, who started writing crime novels when the neuroanatomy textbooks threatened to take his sanity. He lives in South London, where he is currently working on two more novels featuring Dr Harry Kent.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Delivers its gruesome details in the authentic voice of the medical student McCarthy happens to be. Presented with jarring realism and zero sentimentality.” Marilyn Stasio New York Times Book Review
“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
“An accomplished first novel. McCarthy provides a fascinating look at the sociology of crime and policing.” Publishers Weekly
“This fast-paced mix of medical thriller and crime novel keeps readers guessing until the surprising finale.” Library Journal