The Prodigal Son

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HarperCollins Publishers, Mar 1, 2012 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Carmine is on assignment to crack another chilling case. 'McCullough is a tremendous storyteller' tHE tIMES Holloman, Connecticut, 1969. A very rare and lethal toxin, extracted from the blowfish, is stolen from a laboratory at Chubb University. It kills within minutes and leaves no trace behind - unless a doctor knows what to look for - and worried biochemist Dr. Millie Hunter reports the theft at once to her father, Medical Examiner Dr. Patrick O'Donnell. Patrick's cousin, Captain Carmine Delmonico, is therefore quick off the mark when the bodies start to mount up. A sudden death at a dinner party followed by another at a gala black-tie event seem at first to be linked only by the poison and Dr. Jim Hunter, a scientist on the brink of greatness and husband to Millie. A black man married to a white woman, Dr. Jim has faced scandal and prejudice for most of his life, so what would cause him to risk it all now? Is he being framed for murder - and if so, by whom? Carmine and his team of detectives must navigate the competitive world of academic publishing, fraught with politics and prestige. the stakes are high: a valuable art collection, a large inheritance, old and upstanding local families, a gold-digging wife, jealous relatives and a young couple's future. PRAISE FOR tHE CARMINE DELMONICO SERIES 'readable, fast-moving crime that combines intricate puzzles with the grittiness of hard-boiled detective fiction' tHE AGE 'As an artful storyteller, McCullough has more than a few tricks up her sleeve' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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About the author (2012)

Colleen McCullough was one of Australia's most prolific and successful authors. Her body of work includes 23 novels, a biography, a memoir and a cookbook. She was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her books have won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes. In 1997, she became a National Trust Living Treasure and in 2006 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

She was proud of being a commercial fiction writer – writing for a broad audience rather than the elite. Her fiction ranged over a number of genres, including family saga in The Thorn Birds and Bittersweet; historical fiction in the Masters of Rome series, which is widely acclaimed as a work of towering scholarship and brought many new readers to her work, often being used as a teaching aid; crime-thriller fiction with the Carmine Delmonico series; and a postmodern re-imagining with The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet.

Born in 1937 she grew up in New South Wales, becoming a neurophysiologist, working in hospitals in Sydney and England before spending a decade as a research associate in the Department of Neurology at Yale Medical School in the United States. It was during her time at Yale that she began writing; her first novel, Tim, was published in New York in 1974, followed three years later by The Thorn Birds, for which the paperback rights were sold for a then-record US$1.9m and went on to sell over 30m copies around the world. She died on Norfolk Island in January 2015, aged 77.

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