Up in Smoke: A Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery

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Epidemic investigator Dr. Zol Szabo and his team are called to a panic-stricken high school in the heart of Ontario’s tobacco country, where teens are dying from liver failure. The team suspects a link with contaminated, cut-price cigarettes manufactured on nearby Grand Basin Indian Reserve. When Zol confronts The Badger, the multi-millionaire kingpin of the illicit Native tobacco trade, he is ordered to shut down his investigation when rebuffed by high-level government authorities. The Badger’s contaminated ...
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Epidemic investigator Dr. Zol Szabo and his team are called to a panic-stricken high school in the heart of Ontario’s tobacco country, where teens are dying from liver failure. The team suspects a link with contaminated, cut-price cigarettes manufactured on nearby Grand Basin Indian Reserve. When Zol confronts The Badger, the multi-millionaire kingpin of the illicit Native tobacco trade, he is ordered to shut down his investigation when rebuffed by high-level government authorities. The Badger’s contaminated tobacco spreads across the country, and key witnesses and Zol’s family are put in the crosshairs of a ruthless criminal. Can Zol dig deep enough to find a creative solution before it’s too late?
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“Medical-thriller fans will find much to enjoy here.”  —Booklist on Tampered

Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
In the third book of this series created by retired infectious disease specialist Pennie, epidemic investigator Dr. Zol Szabo is faced with an outbreak of fatal liver failure in two groups who seemingly have little in common: the students of a religious private school and a group of firefighters. What they have in common is a fondness for Rollies, cheap cigarettes sold by wealthy aboriginal scofflaw Dennis Badger, a man whose political connections render him immune to any conventional pressures Szabo might bring to bear and whose criminal connections make him a dangerous man to cross. With little hope of ending the flood of illegal cigarettes, Szabo and his team must hope to find the hidden cofactor that turned cancer sticks into sudden death. Plausible as a medical mystery, the work is somewhat more problematic in its attitude toward First Nations people, mostly depicted here as victims, terrorists, and career criminals whose outrages various levels of government willfully decline to prosecute in the name of political correctness, and Asians, who provide both toxic products and the faceless foot soldiers of shadowy foreign gangs allied to the natives. (Nov.)
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Ross Pennie was an infectious disease specialist and university professor for two decades before turning his hand to writing fiction. His two previous Dr. Zol Szabo novels (Tainted, 2009, and Tampered, 2011) both won the Arts Hamilton Literary Award. A father of two grown children, he lives with his wife near Hamilton, Ontario.
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