Fatal Impact (Dr. Anya Crichton)
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THE SEVENTH CRIME NOVEL IN THE BRILLIANT ANYA CRICHTON SERIES - A SERIOUS RIVAL TO PATRICIA CORNWELL'S DR KAY SCARPETTA.
When forensic pathologist Dr Anya Crichton finds a dead child covered in blood and stuffed into a toy box, her thoughts immediately turn to murder. Then the post mortem reveals that the girl died from a deadly bacterial infection brought on by food poisoning. But does that mean Anya can rule out foul play?
Anya was only meant to be in Tasmania for a conference and to visit her mother, but when more people fall sick, including her father's cousin, Anya becomes intimately involved in the case. At the same time, her mother - with whom Anya has always had a difficult relationship ever since her little sister Miriam went missing thirty years ago - is acting strangely, talking about conspiracies and exhibiting classic signs of dementia.
As Anya deals with her increasingly paranoid mother, she is also racing to discover the source of the fatal bacterial infection. But Anya's investigations into the close-knit Tasmanian agricultural community where the contaminated food originated soon put her in grave danger as someone tries to kill her. As the deaths pile up, Anya's search leads her to an old murder case, and soon it becomes clear that her own family is closer to danger than ever before. But will Anya be able to discover the truth behind the poisoning and unmask the killer in time to save them, and herself?
explained, ‘There’s a protest group outside. Looks like one of them somehow managed to slip through security.’ The disabled woman didn’t appear to be much of a threat, but Anya appreciated the security concerns. The front-row seats were occupied by prominent state and federal politicians, community leaders and the odd sports star. She wondered who the protesters were targeting. The woman in the aisle continued to call out until she was escorted out the doors. The emcee switched on his hand mike
policeman. ‘Simon, you have to be in on this. How much are they paying you? Huh? How much?’ The officer stood his ground. ‘Len, don’t do this. I’m going to forget you ever said that. I don’t like it anymore than you, but two people are dead because of something your company sold. There is a protocol and it has to be followed. If you obstruct these people, you will be arrested. That is my job.’ ‘Lies!’ Len clutched his head with both hands. ‘God, these people have everyone in their pockets.’ He
over his master’s forehead. ‘They set Reuben up. Now they’ve done it to me.’ Anya wondered who Reuben was, and how this must sound to everyone present. If this became a criminal case, she would make sure he was psychiatrically assessed to establish whether or not he was mentally fit to be interviewed by police. Grace returned to Len’s side. ‘We should all go into the office and talk. Samir is inside. He’ll know what to do.’ Len breathed heavily and locked eyes with Anya. ‘You have no idea
those people owned the land. That was just before Tommy got sick. I’ve tried to call, but the phone just rings out. The phone company says there isn’t a fault. I went there a couple of months ago but no one would let me see Jenny or the kids. They threatened to call the police and have me charged with trespassing.’ The old woman’s shoulders drooped and she looked away. ‘I just wanted to see that my grandchildren were well and safe.’ ‘Have you applied for visitation rights?’ Grandparents were
the station for your statement. There’s even time for breakfast if you want.’ ‘McGinley will just love seeing us again,’ she quipped. He had been in the same job for years, with little experience in crime scenes. She pulled on her cardigan. ‘Do you know about the other homicide case McGinley worked on?’ ‘Constable Rhonda did mention it. Guy called Reuben Millard is serving life in Risdon.’ ‘The victim, Patsy Gallop, was Len Dengate’s fiancée. Len always believed Millard was framed.’ Oliver