Uncertain Origin

Uncertain Origin

by Steven Canley


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Uncertain Origin by Steven Canley

A breathtaking thriller that will leave you second guessing every prescription you've ever filled.

Sixty-eight-year-old Emma Rowen's first inkling of trouble was the swelling in her fingers. Three days later the intensive care nurse watched Emma breathe with the help of oxygen delivered through translucent green tubes.

On the other side of town, electronic evidence specialist, Jeremy Cole is working on a new project for a small law firm. Jeremy's company Global ESI, has a reputation for fast turnaround and cut rate pricing. Civil litigation wasn't exciting, nothing like people see on CSI. But the steady stream of employment disputes and the occasional high profile divorce case kept the lights on during the last recession.

When a routine collection of documents and email goes awry, Jeremy discovers a web of international crime and deceit. His search for answers takes him from a corrupt medical wholesaler in Minneapolis to the free trade zone of Malaysia. A place where criminal syndicates move billions of dollars' worth of counterfeit pharmaceuticals around the globe.

It's up to Jeremy, to uncover this shadow world before any more seniors fall victim to the deadly concoction. And someone else is determined he won't live to find out.

Uncertain Origin is the debut novel featuring electronic evidence specialist Jeremy Cole and Dr. Nora Galloway.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532754722
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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Uncertain Origin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Clabe More than 1 year ago
What's more wicked than counterfeiting someone's prescription medicines? Who can know the heart of man? According to the Bible, the heart of man is desperately wicked and it doesn’t get any more wicked than counterfeiting prescription drugs so that patients who depend upon them do not get life sustaining medication they need. Uncertain Origins focuses attention on a large and growing side of the illegal drug market of which most are not aware. How would a patient ever know that the prescription drugs he must take are the correct ones, or if they lack active ingredients, or even contain harmful ingredients all because of human greed. Enter Jeremy Cole, a computer forensics consultant, who works for law firms downloading civil trial evidence from the computers of potential defendants through the pre-trial discovery process. Jeremy is good at his job and is hired by his ‘girlfriend’, Asha, a civil attorney to process computers at Lake Medical Supply, a wholesale Supplier of drugs. Through the Lake case, Jeremy gains the attention of Nora Galloway, the ‘defender of the brand’ for Clarus Pharmaceuticals who is on a one woman mission to put suppliers of counterfeit drugs out of business. Becoming the computer forensics guru for Nora’s team soon places Jeremy directly in the sights of major drug counterfeiter and ex-CIA employee Adrian Wahl with near disastrous results-and in the end a twist. While many readers may suspect the twist, its confirmation is satisfying because it ties up loose ends from earlier in the book. Uncertain Origins flows well and maintains a steady pace, although it slows at times and seems to jump around a bit. The characters are well developed and Jeremy is likeable. He shows an unusual amount of motivation toward the end for someone in his position. Asha, I felt was self-absorbed from the beginning and other than the work he could get through her firm, not worth Jeremy’s time. They seemed to use each other, but each has an agenda the other doesn’t know about. The other characters are developed just well enough to fit the story, and they are generally neutral to strongly disliked (Dave Bechtel for example). It is generally well written and edited. Uncertain Origins is entertaining and informative as the author shows himself knowledgeable in prescription drug markets and computer forensics. It is well worth the read for lovers of mysteries, action adventures and/or computer forensics.