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Imagine an updated Vertigo: darker- more scary but just as hypnotically seductive. Selected for BBC Radio 2 Book Club with Simon Mayo.Dr Caleb Maddox is an expert on pain. A leading San Francisco toxicologist- he is mapping the chemical traces that show how much agony a human body can endure. But now a different kind of pain is distracting him from his lifes work - the violent break-up of his relationship with his artist girlfriend- Bridget.Seeking solace in a secluded bar- he meets a beautiful woman who shares an absinthe with him- then disappears into the night. Instantly obsessed- he starts trawling the hidden byways of the city to try and find her. And when he does- she insists on a bizarre set of rules before he can meet her alone. But even as he tries to lose himself in Emmelines darkly erotic world- Caleb finds himself inexorably drawn back to the study of pain and death. For weeks the police have been fishing corpses out of the bay- with no clue as to how they died- and Calebs old friend- medical examiner Henry Newcomb- asks him to decipher the chemical puzzles left in the bloated remains. Soon Caleb discovers evidence of an unspeakable horror connecting all the victims- suggesting that the city is prey to a deranged killer.And then he discovers that one of the dead men was last seen at the same bar the night he met Emmeline. Suddenly Caleb is plunged into a nightmare where love- madness and murder are clasped in a lethal embrace - and untangling the truth could be the last thing he wants to do.... Please click here to ask a question
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