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    They said that 25 percent of the population would catch the flu. Between 70 percent and 80 percent of them would die. He had been directly exposed to it, and the odds weren't good.

    A city in quarantine.

    London is in lockdown under martial law. A hospital is being urgently built by the river Thames to contain the thousands of victims of a flu-like epidemic. Construction is brought to a sudden halt when a leather holdall containing the bones of a child is unearthed from the rubble. 

    A killer without remorse.

    A psychopath has been unleashed on the city; his mission is to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified. But why are he and his handlers determined to go to such murderous lengths to hide the origins of the body?

    A grieving inspector.

    DI Jack MacNeil is facing his last day on the force, his career in ruins, his marriage over and his beloved son, Jack, dying from the virus. He has only hours to prevent the killer from eliminating all witnesses to a conspiracy whose evil effects are beyond belief.

    ©2020 Peter May (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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    • Global
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    • Lindsay S. Nixon
    • 14/05/2020

    Murder case not a “pandemic” story

    This is not a pandemic novel, it is more of a murder mystery that takes place during a pandemic. In my opinion, the title is off and very misleading. I applied Peter May for envisioning the lockdown world we currently are living in back in 2005.

    I bought this book to support his work after hearing his how this book was first rejected for being “unbelievable”.

    As for the story itself, it’s barely 3 stars.

    SUMMARY: London is on a lockdown because of the “flu” During “essential construction” workers find a bag of bones that belong to a child.

    A police officer is called you investigate the crime. The bulk of the story is this guy figuring out who the child is and how the child died. It’s basically an episode of the old TV show “Bones”

    No big surprise, the child’s death is related to the pandemic. The last 25% of the book *does* dig into the origins of the pandemic, but it’s the same, tired story that has been overdone in countless many movies. I found the wrap up rather boring and dull despite loads of contrived action.

    The writing is also poor; many long winded confessional scenes 🙄🙄 there’s also a Jason Bourne type character that seems a bit beyond human realism.

    Bottom line: I’m not necessarily glad I read it (I admit I probably only bought and read it because of the hype) and I’m not likely to recommend it to anyone. If I hadn’t been on a car ride with no other options or signal, I probably would have returned it

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    • Laura FitzSimmons
    • 18/10/2020

    Cannot believe this is a Peter May story

    Only got published because of our current pandemic.
    Completely unbelievable plot. Went off the rails,
    Well narrated though.

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    • Diane Reynolds
    • 11/10/2020

    Vivid

    A vivid portrayal of where we could easily have ended up this year. Even though it was written quite some time ago the situation is chillingly similar to covid! Complete with conspiracy theories, drug companies and military reactions to population control.

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    • LouA
    • 18/06/2020

    suspenful

    Peter knows how to write a great story even if very eerie but I did not like the ending.

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    • RCH
    • 29/05/2020

    Incredibly timely ...

    Incredibly timely story for these COVID-19 and CRISPR times. The events are dire and plausible. So glad that Peter May dusted off this unpublished manuscript from 2005 and released it to readers. Thoroughly engrossing. Full of twists and turns. A good read and listen.

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    • Nancy Lerandeau
    • 24/05/2020

    Timely and frightening

    A tense, fast paced story of deceit, murder and, mostly greed. A new variant of bird flu is introduced into London by an innocent little Chinese girl. It's a bit contrived that the girl used is Chinese, especially considering the time we're living in. An enjoyable fast read.