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Publication Date: September 29th, 2022
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
A deadly, incurable disease creeps silent through Chattanooga. And its victims aren’t random.
When inexplicable human rabies cases appear in Tennessee, disease ecologist Letty Duquesne jumps at the chance to trace the virus back to its source. But the closer Letty gets to finding the outbreak’s origin, the further someone will go to stop her.
With an unwanted promotion threatening to take Letty far from the fieldwork she loves, this outbreak feels like her last chance to make a difference. It’s not something she can ignore, especially now. The spillover of zoonotic diseases to the human population is on the rise and violent animal attacks-like the one that killed her sister-are becoming all too common.
Something in nature has gone very wrong.
Local authorities would rather she go home, but Letty can track a source animal like no one else. With the help of disgraced detective Andrew Marsh, Letty follows the virus’s epidemiological trail. But her every move is watched. And the source animal is closer than she thinks.
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About the Author
Brooke French is a recovering lawyer turned writer who lives with her husband and sons between Atlanta and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She spends most of her days gleefully researching and writing about fatal viruses, terrorism, and murder.
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My thoughts: this was a clever, slightly grim, crime thriller. A strange rabies outbreak brings University of Georgia scientist Letty to town, wanting to offer her expertise to the doctors who treated the unfortunate victims (there is no cure for rabies, only a preventative vaccine for humans and animals). But no one wants to know.
Police detective Andrew was the unlucky soul who shot one of the rabies victims. He’s on admin leave while the incident is investigated. A chance meeting with Letty draws him into a somewhat clandestine investigation into the outbreak.
Letty’s digging also brings her into contact with local vet Pete, going through a tough divorce, Letty and he connect and he offers his help with her investigation too. Can Letty trust these friendly men? Is her pal Priya, struck down by a rogue strain of malaria in Cambodia, going to be ok? Will Letty be able to finally grieve her sister’s terrible death?
With zoonotic diseases (like Covid-19) on the rise, this is a timely book in some ways. Letty and her colleagues study the intersection of animal viruses and humans, as we encroach further on the natural world, we risk increasing exposure to things like malaria, zika and rabies. Often without any way to treat and cure these diseases. Letty and scientists like her are at the front line of research into ways to prevent awful viruses reaching humans and while the rabies outbreak turns out to have a very human cause, it could so easily be a case of interspecies contact gone wrong.
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