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A body is found frozen solid in the Tamar.

The victim is Dr Adam Goring - the executive behind the imminent closure of the Tamar Transfusion Centre.

But who killed him, and why was his body frozen before being dumped in the river?

The prime suspect is Jessie Pengellis - the centre manager, who Goring vowed to have sacked and sued for slander after accusing him of corruption on a live national television debate.

But he is now voiceless, dead.

When the police struggle to make progress on the case, the Department for Health Inspector, Tom Jones, is sent in.

However, Jones soon discovers that the centre is a hotbed of treachery and depravity, and that the case is not as simple as it seems...

Blood transfusions have saved countless lives over the years, but when a terrorist group agitating for Scottish independence deliberately contaminates a hundred blood packs with a deadly bacteria, this normally safe procedure poses a terrifying threat.

Department of Health investigator Tom Jones is recalled from holiday to assist with the police enquiries, and the trail leads him to the West Highland Transfusion Centre - where, to complicate matters, he finds that his former girlfriend is now in a relationship with one of the chief suspects.

The hunter will turn into the hunted however, as Tom is targeted when his investigation grows close to uncovering the truth.

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

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April 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Malpractices: A Tom Jones Medical Thriller Omnibus
Author(s): Andrew Puckett
Publisher: Sharpe Books
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