The Prodigal Son: A Carmine Delmonico Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 6, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Internationally bestselling author Colleen McCullough presents a new novel in the thrilling, gritty series featuring Captain Carmine Delmonico, who must find a brilliant killer hiding out in the prestigious and cutthroat world of academia.

Carmine Delmonico returns in this heart-pounding thriller from internationally acclaimed bestselling author Colleen McCullough.

 HOLLOMAN, CONNECTICUT, 1969. A lethal toxin, extracted from the blowfish, is stolen from a laboratory at Chubb University. It kills within minutes and leaves no trace behind, 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 the presence of 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 detectives must follow the trail through the university town’s crowd of eccentrics, no matter how close to home it may lead.
 

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THE PRODIGAL SON

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Connecticut detective Carmine Delmonico (Naked Cruelty, 2010, etc.) is flummoxed by a string of murders that just might involve his biochemist cousin.While her prospective Nobel laureate husband Jim's ... Read full review

The Prodigal Son: A Carmine Delmonico Novel

User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

When a lethal toxin extracted from the blowfish disappears from a Connecticut university laboratory in 1969, anxious biochemist Dr. Millie Hunter gets the news to Capt. Carmine Delmonico—but folks ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
31
Section 4
47
Section 5
67
Section 6
91
Section 7
121
Section 8
137
Section 12
212
Section 13
220
Section 14
226
Section 15
242
Section 16
259
Section 17
268
Section 18
274
Section 19
280

Section 9
154
Section 10
172
Section 11
188
Section 20
282
Section 21
288
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About the author (2012)

Colleen McCullough, a native of Australia, established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney before working as a researcher at Yale Medical School for ten years. She is the bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Thorn Birds, and lives with her husband on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific.