The Scent of Death (Transworld Publ. Ltd UK)
Its been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and hes in demand again as a police consultant. Life is good. Then a call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and shed like Hunter to take a look. The empty shell of St Judes Hospital now stands awaiting demolition, its only visitors societys outcasts, addicts and dealers. A partially mummified corpse has been discovered in the hospitals cavernous loft, but not even Hunter can say how long its been there. All he knows for sure is that its the body of a young woman. And that she was pregnant. But the collapse of the loft floor reveals another of the hospitals secrets. A sealed-off chamber, still with beds inside. Some of them occupied... For Hunter, what began as a straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare that threatens everyone around him. And as the investigation springs more surprises, one thing is certain. St Judes hasnt claimed its last victim . . . With its viscerally authentic forensics, menacing atmosphere and nerve-shredding tension, Simon Becketts new crime thriller will leave you gasping.