Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Tainted by Ross Penny

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Tainted by Ross Penny

ECW Press, 2009

Never heard of a medical mystery? Here’s a chilling introduction. This isn’t a prose version of CSI, it’s the real thing, written by a professional with years of experience as a specialist in infectious diseases, based at McMaster University. By the middle of the novel, the lay reader is immersed in medical terminology and the implications of deadly patterns of disease, along with Dr. Zol Szabo, a public health doctor in Hamilton, as he struggles through bureaucratic dilemmas and personal traumas, all made skillfully engaging. The sustained excitement in the closing pages leaves the reader breathless. And relieved.