A Handful of Ashes: Book summary and reviews of A Handful of Ashes by Rob McCarthy

A Handful of Ashes

A Dr. Harry Kent Novel

by Rob McCarthy

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A Handful of Ashes by Rob McCarthy
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  • Published May 2018
    384 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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. The 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.

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"Starred Review. Outstanding. McCarthy delivers a startling ending and perfectly blends the whodunit plot with Harry's struggles with his addiction and his relationship with Frankie." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Medical student McCarthy has created humane, fallible characters - notably Kent and Noble, who struggle with addictions - as he spins a taut plot that's part police procedural, part medical thriller. An unbeatable combination for what's shaping up as a winning series." - Booklist

"This fast-paced mix of medical thriller and crime novel keeps readers guessing until the surprising finale." - Library Journal

"Delivers its gruesome details in the authentic voice of the medical student McCarthy happens to be. Presented with jarring realism and zero sentimentality." - New York Times Book Review

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Rob McCarthy

Rob McCarthy, a medical student in London, wrote The Hollow Men when the neuroanatomy textbooks threatened to take his sanity. He is currently working on the next Dr. Harry Kent novel.

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