The Prodigal Son (Carmine Delmonico Series #4)
  • The Prodigal Son (Carmine Delmonico Series #4)
  • The Prodigal Son (Carmine Delmonico Series #4)

The Prodigal Son (Carmine Delmonico Series #4)

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by Colleen McCullough, Charles Leggett
     
 

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When Chubb University biochemist Millie Hunter notices that a deadly neurotoxin is missing from her laboratory refrigerator, she immediately goes to her father, Holloman, Connecticut’s Chief Medical Examiner. They both know that the situation is grave; the poison shuts down the nervous system and is virtually impossible to stop. Soon, as bodies pile up and the… See more details below

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When Chubb University biochemist Millie Hunter notices that a deadly neurotoxin is missing from her laboratory refrigerator, she immediately goes to her father, Holloman, Connecticut’s Chief Medical Examiner. They both know that the situation is grave; the poison shuts down the nervous system and is virtually impossible to stop. Soon, as bodies pile up and the coroner keeps pointing to the neurotoxin, Captain Carmine Delmonico must find the killer fast. Helped by his exotic and brilliant colleague Delia and his constant wife Desdemona (an excellent cook), Delmonico follows the trail, no matter how close to home it may lead.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the prologue of McCullough’s disappointing fourth novel featuring Capt. Carmine Delmonico of the Holloman, Conn., police department (after 2010’s Naked Cruelty), John Hall, a long-lost heir recently arrived from Oregon, dies from a lethal injection of a stolen toxin at a black-tie family party held on the evening of January 3, 1969. Delmonico, who investigates Hall’s murder and two other grisly poisoning deaths, has a personal interest in the crime—his medical examiner cousin’s daughter was the keeper of the pilfered poison. Suspects include relatives who were slated to lose large amounts of money from Hall’s reappearance as well as ambitious faculty members from the town’s Chubb University. A far-fetched premise, lengthy passages of exposition, unconvincing characters and dialogue, and a lack of attention to accurate period detail will cause the reader to lose interest well before the end. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"In her enthusiastic style . . . McCullough delves into small town intrigue with well-defined characters and vivid descriptions. . . . Entertaining."

“The novel is a rich, tightly-woven tapestry of colorful characters and intriguing plot . . . Stunning, surprising, culturally shocking, The Prodigal Son is traditional McCullough at her best.”

"Just when it seems obvious who the murderer is, the evidence falls apart and it's back to square one. For those who enjoy drawing room stories, with many and varied characters, this will be an enjoyable read."

"Colleen McCullough proves once again that she’s a master of fiction with a wide ranging imagination in this book."

Booklist
"In her enthusiastic style . . . McCullough delves into small town intrigue with well-defined characters and vivid descriptions. . . . Entertaining."
Bookreporter.com
"Just when it seems obvious who the murderer is, the evidence falls apart and it's back to square one. For those who enjoy drawing room stories, with many and varied characters, this will be an enjoyable read."
Mysteryandme.com
“The novel is a rich, tightly-woven tapestry of colorful characters and intriguing plot . . . Stunning, surprising, culturally shocking, The Prodigal Son is traditional McCullough at her best.”
Samstillreading.com
"Colleen McCullough proves once again that she’s a master of fiction with a wide ranging imagination in this book."
Library Journal
A toxin stolen from the university's lab spells murder for fellow scientists. Capt. Delmonico's team knows that brilliant professors can take diabolical actions. The fourth case for the Connecticut-set police procedural series (after Naked Cruelty).
Kirkus Reviews
Connecticut detective Carmine Delmonico (Naked Cruelty, 2010, etc.) is flummoxed by a string of murders that just might involve his biochemist cousin. While her prospective Nobel laureate husband Jim's been penning A Helical God, the book that could do for DNA what A Brief History of Time did for the cosmos, Chubb University professor Millie Hunter's a little worried. Since tetrodotoxin is really expensive to buy commercially, she's been extracting it herself from blowfish just in case she wants some for her lab. Now, someone seems to have pinched the deadly stuff from the unlocked refrigerator where she kept it. Millie tells her dad, medical examiner Patrick O'Donnell, to be on the lookout for anyone who might have been killed by the rare toxin, which paralyzes its victims within minutes of exposure. And sure enough, at a dinner party hosted by publishing mogul Max Tunbull and his Russian second wife, Davina, Jim and Millie's old friend John Hall, one of the few close friends of the interracial couple, keels over with all the classic tetrodotoxin symptoms. Since John is Max's long-lost son, suspicion initially centers on the Tunbulls. After all, Max's brother Ivan and nephew Val, not to mention the hysterically possessive Davina, mother of Max's infant son, would all stand to lose if John had wanted a share of Max's fortune. But the next to die is Chubb University Press' Head Scholar Thomas Tinkerman, a sanctimonious theologian looking to obstruct the publication of Jim's masterpiece. Now the Hunters are suspects, too. So when he's not dining on the delectables his wife, Desdemona, dishes up as she recovers from postpartum depression, Delmonico has the thankless task of investigating who may have pushed his cousin's research a step too far. The fourth entry in McCullough's cockamamie series takes the do-it-yourself spirit to new and distasteful extremes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620640821
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Series:
Carmine Delmonico Series, #4
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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