"this excellent book's separate storylines draw tight" --The Wall Street Journal
"Gazan skillfully introduces characters and cleverly resolves side stories as the action builds to a thrilling denouement" --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Maverick investigator Søren Marhauge returns in a high-stakes case that reveals a profit-motivated conspiracy with roots that extend all the way from the upper reaches of Big Pharma to the national government.
When controversial Professor Kristian Storm is found hanged in his office, his assistant Marie Skov refuses to believe that he has committed suicide. The late scientist had uncovered a shocking truth involving immunology programs in the developing world during a recent research trip to West Africa. Marie believes he was silenced before he could share what he had learned.
With help from the unlikely source of a Nobel Prize-winning rival of Storm's, former police detective Søren Marhauge takes the case, determined to prove what really happened to the professor.
Interwoven with the fast-moving investigation are moving portraits of Skov's troubled family and Marhauge's complicated relationship with his girlfriend, another biologist. Marhauge once again battles his own demons as he pursues a cabal determined to protect its secrets at any cost.