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by Sandstone Press, 19 April 2018. ISBN 978-1-912240-08-1(PB)
Health Care professionals have a
major role in this book set in a near but different future. A deadly
virus has broke out and to avoid even more deaths a system has been established
to check everyone’s health every month. The Health Enforcement team search
for anyone who does not arrive to be checked. The seriousness of the
virus means that the team can only be made up of those who have survived the
virus and are immune to it. Those who do not attend their checks have
their green cards withdrawn. These cards give access to everything and
life is impossible without them.
The HET office in Edinburgh sends
two operatives to look for a female defaulter and this develops into a serious
matter. The professor who is important in the field of virus treatment
disappears and two of the HET workers are sent to look for him in London,
leaving the incompetent Maitland to manage the office. The parallel
adventures of the two sent to London, Mona and Paterson, and those back in
Edinburgh, Maitland, Bernard and Carole, get more and more convoluted and
dangerous. Drug dealers, career criminals, hostile politicians all
This is a thriller set in a
dystopian world with comic elements. All reaches a satisfying climax, with a few hooks for the next in the series.
Jennifer S. Palmer
This is the second in the Health of
Strangers series and the third one is due in 2019.
Lesley Kellyhas worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the
past twenty years, dabbling in poetry and stand-up comedy along the way. She
has won a number of writing competitions, including the Scotsman’s Short Story
award in 2008. Her first novel, A Fine House in Trinity, was
long-listed for the McIlvanney Prize.She lives in Edinburgh with her husband
and her two sons.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.