Friday, May 7, 2010

A Hero Simultaneously Trained to Kill and Preserve Life

Few debut novels make as spectacular an impression as Death of a Cure. Steven H. Jackson's first fictional outing is an impressive full throttle murder mystery that cracks along at a terrific pace.

Jackson weaves an intriguing narrative with beautifully drawn characters and a breath-taking plot that keeps you guessing right up to the end.

The story is told through the eyes of Thomas Briggs, a brilliant surgeon attached to an elite military unit. During a highly sensitive mission, word gets to him that his brother, a prominent scientist, has been killed.

At the time of his death he is working for a charitable foundation and may have discovered a cure for a fatal neurodegenerative disorder. The evidence points to suicide but Thomas does not believe it, and starts his own investigation, enlisting the help of FBI Agent Marilena Rigatti.

Together they discover the dark and poisoned heart of a prestigious charity and unravel its dirty secrets. The intensity heightens as they dig for clues and unwittingly put themselves in mortal danger. Jackson's literary power keeps the tension wracked up to the max and the reader is drawn in deeper as the author exposes the sinister side of charity fundraising and the lengths some people will go to preserve the status quo.

The entire novel poses an intriguing question: are charitable institutions making too much money, enjoying too much power to allow the cures they are working toward to become available? Because once that happens, the funding dries up and so do the executive lifestyles enjoyed by some of the charity power players.

Jackson employs fine wordplay, masterfully sculpted phrases and a couple of deliciously gory scenes that will keep your stomach churning long after you have put the book down.

In Thomas Briggs the literary world has a new hero, a complex and flawed character who is simultaneously trained to kill and preserve life.

Death of a Cure is a sinister tale of greed and deception that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. You don't want to miss it!

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