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By: David Harrison

The Research Man

Pages: 164 Ratings: 4.7
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Dr Peter Stott is a scientist working at a Cancer Research Institute in London and is happily married to artist Anne, who has a secret. At the institute, Peter suspects corruption in a drug-testing programme and both he and his assistant, Susan, become amateur detectives and uncover a 40-year trail of deceit, which explodes into violence. Peter becomes a scientific celebrity, but illness in the family and a later betrayal destroys his world and he takes revenge. Anne’s secret and her ultimate retribution are revealed in a chilling surprise ending.

David is a former medical scientist who has two married daughters and lives in Norfolk. He has worked in research establishments in the UK, USA and Mexico, and written over 50 scientific articles on biochemistry and nutrition. He has seen the sometimes corrupting influence of the moneyed pharmaceutical companies on academic research, and he also thinks that work in a medical research institute has never been accurately portrayed in literature and that it would make an interesting backdrop for a murder mystery.

Customer Reviews
13 reviews
13 reviews
  • Tessa Phillips

    A great debut novel!!!

    If you have a predilection for intrigue, revenge and betrayal then this book is for you. I so enjoyed the overall sophistication and pragmatism delivered in this compelling thriller with its unusual setting in a Cancer Research Institute, as well as, I delighted in the exhausting twists and turns in its conclusion. The main protagonists expose their human vulnerabilities in their turbulent quest for 'justice' which eventually destroys them. A must read! Will wait with anticipation for the sequel!!

  • Maureen Orr

    Cancer as a murder weapon is an original and chilling thought. The plot kept me guessing and I loved the the twists and turns as the characters started to show their darker sides.

    I would like to know how the not-so-innocent Susan fares in the future and I am hoping for a sequel sometime soon.

  • J Simonsen

    Interesting insights into how research was (is?) done - not too gaudy for the faint hearted - plot full of twists to keep you on your toes - all set nicely in yesteryear.
    Well worth reading and I would like to read a follow up....

  • Jean Bazeley

    I enjoyed this book - it is well written and an easy read. The writer obviously knows his subject in depth and it gave an unusual setting to the story. I thought the characters and the period were well established and there is a real twist in the finale. Altogether a good read!

  • Rita Fish

    The Research Man was a very interesting read, a book that I didn’t want to put down as I couldn't wait to see what happened next. So well written.

  • Sue and Roy Wheeler

    This is an absolutely brilliant and amazing read. A book that you must start on page one. DO NOT LOOK AT THE BACK PAGE FIRST. A great read.

  • Andrea Nicholls

    If you like Endeavour and Granchester you will love this. A pacy crime drama perfectly placed in its early 1960s setting. Fraud in a prestigious cancer research laboratory is high stakes for both the reputation and finance of the institute. And when the falsified results are discovered it leads to murder. The author was himself a research scientist and the technical details are fascinating.

  • Jenny musker

    Really enjoyed this book. It could have been longer, I like to soak up the atmosphere of a story, but on the other hand, I like the conciseness of it. The fact that chapters are titled to give a bit of extra intrigue as to what might happen. The references to future developments at the ends of some chapters. This gives the impression of collusion between the author and the reader. Place descriptions give authenticity to the narrative, all very well chosen and believable. It would make a great TV drama. The pacey story and familiar settings contrast with the gruesome endings. I look forward to reading the next book.

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