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An Air That Kills

How long can you hold your breath?

Christine Poulson

272 pages
SPCK Group

'Poulson is currently unrivalled as a writer of scientific mysteries combining elements of both the thriller and the whodunnit.' Morning Star

The atmosphere in the lab is toxic.

It is only a matter of time before there is a flu pandemic with the potential to kill billions.

Or so wealthy entrepreneur Lyle Lynstrum believes. That is why he is funding research into transgenics - the mechanism by which viruses can jump the species barrier - at a high security lab on a tidal island off the North Devon coast.

A suspiciously rapid turnover of staff has him worried. He sends in scientist Katie Flanagan as an undercover lab technician. Something is clearly very wrong, but before Katie can get to the bottom of what is going on, a colleague is struck down by a mysterious illness.

Has the safety of the facility been compromised, allowing a deadly virus to escape? Katie begins to suspect that the scientists are as deadly as the diseases - and that her cover has been blown.

Then the island is cut off by high seas and a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse begins...

'Nobody writes medical mysteries with more authority than Christine Poulson.'
PETER LOVESEY, author of Killing with Confetti

'A thrilling, thought-provoking read. A real page-turner.'
KATE ELLIS, author of The Mechanical Devil

'The stakes are high, the suspects are many and the solution is satisfying. I loved it.'
CATRIONA McPHERSON, author of Strangers at the Gate

Author Bio
Before Christine Poulson turned to writing crime novels, she was an academic with a PhD in History of Art and had published widely on nineteenth century art and literature. Her Cassandra James mysteries are set in Cambridge, UK. She is the author of Deep Water, Cold, Cold Heart, and An Air That Kills. Her short stories, published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, CWA anthologies, and elsewhere, have been short-listed for a Derringer, the Margery Allingham Prize, and the CWA Short Story Dagger.