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A Handful of Ashes

UK Publisher: Hodder/ Mulholland
US Publisher: Pegasus Books LLC

She was sitting facing the window, as if waiting for the sunrise.

She would never see one again…
Susan Bayliss became notorious when she blew the whistle on her boss, a renowned children’s heart surgeon. She accused him of negligence; operations were stopped; an enquiry launched. In the end she was the one suspended when the investigation found nothing.
Now Dr Harry Kent, a medical examiner with the Met Police, has been called out to certify her suicide.
But something about the scene is wrong. Someone held Susan down…
The grieving parents of the children who died demand answers. The hospital is stonewalling. Everyone has secrets: it’s up to Harry and DCI Frankie Noble to find out which were worth killing for.

‘Fresh new voice in crime fiction.’ – Sunday Independent

‘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 starred review

Rob McCarthy attended medical school in London, during which time he wrote The Hollow Men and A Handful of Ashes,...