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ISBN13: 9781451668759
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Carmine Delmonico returns in this heart-pounding thriller from internationally acclaimed bestselling author Colleen McCullough.

 HOLLOMAN, CONNECTICUT, 1969. A lethal toxin, extracted from the blowfish, is stolen from a laboratory at Chubb University. It kills within minutes and leaves no trace behind, and worried biochemist Dr. Millie Hunter reports the theft at once to her father, Medical Examiner Dr. Patrick O’Donnell.

Patrick’s cousin Captain Carmine Delmonico is therefore quick off the mark when the bodies start to mount up. A sudden death at a dinner party followed by another at a gala black-tie event seem at first to be linked only by the poison and the presence of Dr. Jim Hunter, a scientist on the brink of greatness and husband to Millie. A black man married to a white woman, Dr. Jim has faced scandal and prejudice for most of his life, so what would cause him to risk it all now? Is he being framed for murder—and if so, by whom? Carmine and his detectives must follow the trail through the university town’s crowd of eccentrics, no matter how close to home it may lead.

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"In the prologue of McCullough's disappointing fourth novel featuring Capt. Carmine Delmonico of the Holloman, Conn., police department (after 2010's Naked Cruelty), John Hall, a long-lost heir recently arrived from Oregon, dies from a lethal injection of a stolen toxin at a black-tie family party held on the evening of January 3, 1969. Delmonico, who investigates Hall's murder and two other grisly poisoning deaths, has a personal interest in the crime — his medical examiner cousin's daughter was the keeper of the pilfered poison. Suspects include relatives who were slated to lose large amounts of money from Hall's reappearance as well as ambitious faculty members from the town's Chubb University. A far-fetched premise, lengthy passages of exposition, unconvincing characters and dialogue, and a lack of attention to accurate period detail will cause the reader to lose interest well before the end. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Carmine Delmonico returns in this heart-pounding thriller from internationally acclaimed bestselling author Colleen McCullough.

 HOLLOMAN, CONNECTICUT, 1969. A lethal toxin, extracted from the blowfish, is stolen from a laboratory at Chubb University. It kills within minutes and leaves no trace behind, and worried biochemist Dr. Millie Hunter reports the theft at once to her father, Medical Examiner Dr. Patrick ODonnell.

Patricks cousin Captain Carmine Delmonico is therefore quick off the mark when the bodies start to mount up. A sudden death at a dinner party followed by another at a gala black-tie event seem at first to be linked only by the poison and the presence of Dr. Jim Hunter, a scientist on the brink of greatness and husband to Millie. A black man married to a white woman, Dr. Jim has faced scandal and prejudice for most of his life, so what would cause him to risk it all now? Is he being framed for murder—and if so, by whom? Carmine and his detectives must follow the trail through the university towns crowd of eccentrics, no matter how close to home it may lead.

About the Author

Colleen McCullough was born in Australia.  A neuropathologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North SHore Hospital in Sydney before working as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years.  Her writing career began with the publication of Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking international bestseller. She lives with her husband, Ric Robinson, on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific.

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nrlymrtl, January 11, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
While this is Book 4 in the series, it stands on it’s own quite well. Indeed, I have not read the other books in this series and had no problems at all jumping right into this book. Colleen McCullough managed to intrigue me right away with several points: the class differences between the Hunters and the Tunbulls; Millie and Jim are a long-term white and black couple; there’s a very nasty neurotoxin on the loose! In 1969, there were not that many mixed-race couples, nor too many female scientists. Both points come to bear in the tale and McCullough uses them realistically. Also, Max Tunbull married a Russian woman, Davina, some many years younger than himself, and her mixed heritage comes to play an interesting, yet important, side note in this mystery.

Carmine Delmonico and his crew of investigators are an interesting lot. Carmine himself is very level-headed and often puts Delia, a British woman with one of the oddest dress-sense I have ever seen, on the case. Indeed, because she is a woman, she sometimes has access to certain information that a male investigator would not. Carmine’s wife, Desdemona, is also a source of wisdom and comfort in this murder mystery. How I would love to be invited to Desdemona’s table for dinner!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451668759
Author:
Mccullough, Colleen
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
McCullough, Colleen
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the prologue of McCullough's disappointing fourth novel featuring Capt. Carmine Delmonico of the Holloman, Conn., police department (after 2010's Naked Cruelty), John Hall, a long-lost heir recently arrived from Oregon, dies from a lethal injection of a stolen toxin at a black-tie family party held on the evening of January 3, 1969. Delmonico, who investigates Hall's murder and two other grisly poisoning deaths, has a personal interest in the crime — his medical examiner cousin's daughter was the keeper of the pilfered poison. Suspects include relatives who were slated to lose large amounts of money from Hall's reappearance as well as ambitious faculty members from the town's Chubb University. A far-fetched premise, lengthy passages of exposition, unconvincing characters and dialogue, and a lack of attention to accurate period detail will cause the reader to lose interest well before the end. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Carmine Delmonico returns in this heart-pounding thriller from internationally acclaimed bestselling author Colleen McCullough.

 HOLLOMAN, CONNECTICUT, 1969. A lethal toxin, extracted from the blowfish, is stolen from a laboratory at Chubb University. It kills within minutes and leaves no trace behind, and worried biochemist Dr. Millie Hunter reports the theft at once to her father, Medical Examiner Dr. Patrick ODonnell.

Patricks cousin Captain Carmine Delmonico is therefore quick off the mark when the bodies start to mount up. A sudden death at a dinner party followed by another at a gala black-tie event seem at first to be linked only by the poison and the presence of Dr. Jim Hunter, a scientist on the brink of greatness and husband to Millie. A black man married to a white woman, Dr. Jim has faced scandal and prejudice for most of his life, so what would cause him to risk it all now? Is he being framed for murder—and if so, by whom? Carmine and his detectives must follow the trail through the university towns crowd of eccentrics, no matter how close to home it may lead.

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