A new must-read crime series for fans of Mark Billingham and Sarah Hilary: the perfect blend of detective and medical drama.
Meet Dr Harry Kent. Former Army medic, hospital registrar, police surgeon, drug addict and defender of anyone the world would rather brush aside. His critics say he has a weakness for lost causes.
Usually his police work means minor injuries and mental health assessments. But Solomon Idris's case is different. Solomon Idris has taken eight people hostage in a chicken takeaway, and is demanding a lawyer and a BBC reporter. Harry is sent in to treat the clearly ill teenager...before the siege goes horribly wrong.
When Solomon's life is put in danger again from the safety of a critical care ward, it becomes clear he knows something people will kill to protect.
Determined to uncover the secret that drove the boy to such desperate action, Harry soon realises that someone in the medical world, someone he may even know, has broken the doctors' commandment 'do no harm' many times over.
And now only he stands in the way of them causing further hurt...
Wowzers. I loved receiving a review copy of this book, Can you believe it actually arrived in a First aid box.
That is probably because at the end of this book it's quite possible you will need a Dr.
It kicks off brilliantly, right into the story, right into the action. Dr Harry Kent is just brilliant. He cares about other people in a big way. I can see that this is going to continue as a series of books, that you just can't wait for the next one, This series is going to be fanbloodytastic.
I believe this is actually a debut, I was shocked to learn that. It's written like it has been done by a long time writing author. Medical student Rob McCarthy is currently working on 2 more stories to feature Harry Kent. How good is that?
We are taken right into siege in a London Take away shop right from the opening pages, the action starts and it carries on from there. Solomon Idris has a gun and Hostages, yet Harry An ex Army Medic and now a part time police surgeon, is sent in to help Solomom Idris. It becomes clear early on that Idris is not well at all, in fact he's very poorly, but Harry can't seem to make him understand that he needs hospital treatment. Things soon start to go wrong, very wrong when Idris is shot and rushed to hospital.
It seems that Harry feels he has been set up, and as he continues to try and help, things start to become clear that all is not as it seems. And this is just the start.
The fact that Harry is a Police Dr rather that an actual copper gives this book it's edge, it's great to see something a little different. With him being a Dr there is a fair bit of medical jargon, but all explained or easy to understand so it doesn't put you off in any way at all. Harry is also an ex Soldier so has some of his own issues to contend with through life.
Di Nobel also features quite a lot in this book, and it was great to see her and Harry trying to put things together and help each other. It turned out that they make a great duo.
i'm really not sure I could say enough about this book to get across how much I really did enjoy it. It is well worth reading, it's upto date and thrilling and you will not be disappointed with it at all. Rob McCarthy is certainly an author to watch out for if this first book is anything to go by.
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