The forensic crime novel reader may wish to take a look at medical examiner and writer Jonathan Hayes' second book, "A Hard Death."
(Harper, 435 pages)
Pathologist Edward Jenner narrowly escaped being murdered by a serial killer in New York. But the ordeal cost him his medical license in the Empire State and forced him to take a temporary position as forensic pathologist in rural Florida.
All too soon, he is called on to perform autopsies on his mentor, Dr. Martin Roburn, and his wife, who were brutally murdered.
Jenner finds himself confronting a deadly methamphetamine drug ring which seems to control all of rural Florida - including the local police.
Jonathan Hayes writes a gritty crime novel with all the twists and turns of
a classic hard boiled mystery. His "down on his luck" pathologist, Edward Jenner, is a likable underdog and a rescue dog lover at that!
"A Hard Death" is the second book by Jonathan Hayes, following his debut novel, "Precious Blood," and one suspects he has more crime thrillers to come.