Poison Touch: A Tom Deaton Novel

Poison Touch: A Tom Deaton Novel

by Richard B. Schwartz
Poison Touch: A Tom Deaton Novel

Poison Touch: A Tom Deaton Novel

by Richard B. Schwartz


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Dr. Leonard Barnes, a prominent Irvine surgeon, is the part-time medical examiner for the Laguna Beach PD. A gentle but formal man, his naked, comatose body is found beside the freeway near San Juan Capistrano. His coma has been brought on by alcohol poisoning; Len Barnes is a teetotaler.

Len's friend and new love, Dr. Sally Cornell, is a UCSD forensic anthropologist. She knows that Len has been poisoned but neither she nor Lieutenant Tom Deaton know why or by whom.

Tom's investigation takes him into Len's deep past and the actions of a man from that past, a man now entangled with terrorists. Because of the federal interest in the case, Tom teams with FBI Special Agent Gwen Harrison. The investigation takes them from California to Ohio to New York, Texas, Missouri and, ultimately, to London.

Poison Touch is both very public and deeply personal, an international thriller and a human study of the intimate relationships within the Deaton novels' ensemble cast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798985572124
Publisher: Dark Harbor Books
Publication date: 04/19/2022
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Richard B. Schwartz was born in Cincinnati. He chronicled his adolescence there in his award-winning book, The Biggest City in America: A Fifties Boyhood in Ohio. His father was an attorney and, during the war, a Special Agent in the FBI, assigned throughout the western states. He attended the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois, where he did his graduate work in English and the History of Science. He served 2 years of active military duty at Fort Knox and as a Captain (Armor) teaching literature and philosophy at the United States Military Academy. He then taught for 12 years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he served as associate dean for the humanities in the graduate school, for 17 years at Georgetown University, where he served as dean of the graduate school and, twice, as interim executive vice president for the Main Campus, and, since 1998 at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he also served (1998-2006) as the dean of the college of arts and science.The author/editor of 24 books, he began his writing career studying the intellectual and social history of eighteenth-century England and did a tetralogy on Samuel Johnson, including the extremely popular Daily Life in Johnson's London, which has sold over 10,000 copies. More recently he has written on the culture wars, contemporary genre fiction and higher education in America. He is the author of the very popular Jack Grant crime fiction series and he recently inaugurated the Tom Deaton series with Into the Dark. He is a top 500 reviewer, Vine Voice and Top Contributor in Philosophy.His wife, Dr. Judith A. Schwartz, is a writer, lecturer and university administrator. Most recently, she has served as Executive Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. Their son Jonathan is Executive Director for Campaign Management at Tufts University.Visit the author at www.richardbschwartz.com.
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