The Scent of Death (Transworld Publ. Ltd UK)
It& #8217 s been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and he& #8217 s in demand again as a police consultant. Life is good. Then a call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she& #8217 d like Hunter to take a look. The empty shell of St Jude& #8217 s Hospital now stands awaiting demolition, its only visitors society& #8217 s outcasts, addicts and dealers. A partially mummified corpse has been discovered in the hospital& #8217 s cavernous loft, but not even Hunter can say how long it& #8217 s been there. All he knows for sure is that it& #8217 s the body of a young woman. And that she was pregnant. But the collapse of the loft floor reveals another of the hospital& #8217 s 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 Jude& #8217 s hasn& #8217 t claimed its last victim . . . With its viscerally authentic forensics, menacing atmosphere and nerve-shredding tension, Simon Beckett& #8217 s new crime thriller will leave you gasping.