By Peter Spiegelman
The first in a crime series about the new, disillusioned Robin Hood of skid row, Los Angeles
Dr Adam Knox returns from the war in Afghanistan a little rougher, a little wiser, and a lot more inclined to kick it to the ones at the top. The ones in charge.
He sets up a clinic in Los Angeles's most notorious district, tending to the vagrant, the vulnerable and the victims of skid row. One night they're beseeched by a Romanian woman who comes in with her son. Her bruises give away a story she's too scared to tell; escaping from traffickers and forced prostitution to try to get her son back. He was kidnapped by his father - who happens to be heir to one of the most influential dynasties on the West Coast.
That same night, Knox is called upon for his private health service - cutting out a bullet from a businessman who was cutting himself a shady deal. Impressed by his ability to keep a secret, the impatient patient offers Knox a big tip for some extra work: helping him get revenge on the gangsters who shot him. Knox - and his clinic - need the cash.
Playing one team against another, Knox must keep his wits scalpel-sharp. If his diagnosis is on the money, he might be able to trick the gangsters, free the Romanian mother and put the ones at the top in their place for once.
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22 Sep 2016
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Dr Knox portrays an all-new Los Angeles, rendered in a wild, all-new style. It's a crackerjack crime novel; everything pop-pop-pops and lures you deeper and deeper into Peter Spiegelman's luminous vision. It's a thrilling book — James Ellroy
A gripping and properly thrilling cat-and-mouse chase . . . Written with verve, style and no small amount of skill, Dr Knox is a great piece of 21st-century noir. — Big Issue
Knox walks the kind of mean streets that might have given Raymond Chandler nightmares . . . Gives his private-eye style adventure a thrilling edge — Irish Times
A unique hero who lingers to heal bad guys, and whose medical crises are as thrilling as car chases — Wall St Journal