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Bloodstains

(1987)
(The first book in the Tom Jones series)
A novel by

 
 
'A realistic situation in an unusual facet of the health service, intimately described for his readers.' Western Morning News

How do you investigate the theft of blood from a Blood Transfusion Centre when you're terrified by the sight of it?

When Marcus Evans, Department of Health Mandarin, receives an anonymous letter telling him that blood is being stolen from Tamar Blood Transfusion Centre in Devon, it seems like the ideal case for his undercover investigator, Tom Jones.

But Tom bluntly refuses to do it - because he suffers from Haemophobia - a morbid terror of blood.

Just as bluntly, Marcus tells Tom that he has to do it or lose his job. So Tom, with the greatest trepidation, agrees. Then, as he is preparing to go, news comes through of the discovery in the blood-bank of the body of one of the staff, and the simultaneous disappearance of a night-orderly.

As Tom battles with his phobia in the Transfusion Centre, an attempt is made on his life - someone evidently knows who he is, while he has no idea of his enemy's identity. One of the apparently friendly staff is trying to kill him,

Tom has to somehow survive further attempts on his life before he can unravel the mystery and the identity of the culprit.

Praise for Andrew Puckett:

'Concise, fast-paced ... thoroughly enjoyable.' Financial Times

'Another briskly diverting knowledge-ridden entertainment set in an offbeat milieu.' Oxford Times

'Murder and sabotage at nuclear power station as protestors gather at gate and official nerves twang over tarnished safety image. Sober start with runaway early-movie finish.' The Guardian

Andrew Puckett was born in Sherborne, Dorset. He has worked in various hospitals in Taunton, London and Oxford, and in the latter city was for many years microbiologist at the Blood Transfusion Centre. He draws on these experiences for his hospital-based crime novels. He now lives in Taunton with his wife and two daughters.

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Andrew Puckett's Bloodstains

Hardback Editions

January 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bloodstains
Author(s): Andrew Puckett
ISBN: 0-385-24620-X / 978-0-385-24620-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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November 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bloodstains (The crime club)
Author(s): Andrew Puckett
ISBN: 0-00-232154-8 / 978-0-00-232154-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

May 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bloodstains
Author(s): Andrew Puckett
ISBN: 0-00-617632-1 / 978-0-00-617632-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bloodstains
Author(s): Andrew Puckett
Publisher: Sharpe Books
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