While trying to put the past behind him, surgeon Richard Kurtz finds himself swept up into another murder investigation
The murder of his former girlfriend, Sharon Lee, has been solved, and surgeon Richard Kurtz has finally managed to put the past behind him, settling back into a routine of teaching medical students and residents and taking care of patients. He has a new love interest in graphic artist Lenore Brinkman and life has seemingly returned to normal when Rod Mahoney, an anatomy professor at Staunton College of Medicine, is found brutally murdered in his office.
A murder so horrific that even a seasoned detective is shocked
Lew Barent has seen a lot of dead bodies in his job as a homicide detective but even he is horrified by what has been done to Rod Mahoney. Richard Kurtz had been reluctantly drawn into the investigation of Sharon Lee’s death but his assistance had proven to be vital. Barent is confident that he can count on Kurtz once again, even more so when he discovers that Mahoney and Kurtz were old friends.
The victim has no apparent enemies, but hunting for the killer will reveal unexpected dangersRod Mahoney had led a quiet life, with a happy family and a job that he loved. Mahoney had no obvious enemies but somebody had hated him enough to murder him and to tear his body into pieces. Determined to discover who killed Rod Mahoney, and why, Kurtz and Barent suddenly find themselves investigating a twisted tale of bitter regret and decades-old revenge. But powerful forces don’t want this murder solved, and Kurtz finds that while he is hunting a murderer, the murderer is hunting him.
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I grew up on Long Island, in a pleasant, suburban town about 30 miles from New York City. I loved to read from a very early age and graduated from Columbia in 1974 with a degree in English. Not encouraged by the job prospects for English majors at the time, I went on to medical school at Northwestern, where in addition to my medical degree, I acquired a life-long love of deep dish pizza. I did a residency in Anesthesiology at Columbia Presbyterian and spent most of my career at Stony Brook, where I ultimately attained the academic rank of Professor and Vice-Chairman for Administration, Department of Anesthesiology.When I was a child, I generally read five or more books per week, and even then, I had a dim sense that I could do at least as well as many of the stories that I was reading. Finally, around 1985, with a job and a family and my first personal computer, I began writing. I quickly discovered that it was not as easy as I had imagined, and like most beginning writers, it took me many years to produce a publishable work of fiction. My first novel, Edward Maret: A Novel of the Future, came out in 2001. It won the ASA Literary Prize for 2001 and received excellent reviews from Science Fiction Chronicle, InfinityPlus, Scavenger’s Newsletter and many others.My agent at the time urged me to write mysteries, as mysteries are supposed to have a larger readership and be easier to publish than science fiction. Since I have read almost as many mysteries as science fiction and fantasy, and since I enjoy them just as much, I had no objection to this plan. The Kurtz and Barent mystery series, Surgical Risk, The Anatomy Lesson and Seizure followed between 2002 and 2009. Reviewers have compared them favorably to Patricia Cornwell and Robin Cook and they’ve received positive reviews from The Midwest Book Review, Mystery Review Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Lady M’s Mystery International, Mystery Scene Magazine, Library Journal and many others.In 2014, I published a science fiction short story, “To the Ends of the Earth in the Deep Blue Sea” on Kindle for Amazon. Since then, I have made all of my previously published novels available for purchase on Kindle and now, in June, 2017 I am about to embark on a new venture. I will be publishing new novels on Kindle, the first of which is entitled The Cannibal’s Feast. It’s a science fiction story of corporate warfare in space. The next, coming out in early 2018, will be another science fiction novel tentatively entitled The City of Dust, a tale set on an abandoned world after the collapse of the First Interstellar Empire of Mankind.For further information, please visit my website, robertikatz.com and for updates on upcoming books, stories, promotions and author appearances, please subscribe to my email list at robertikatz.com/join.