Jonathan Hayes


A Hard Death

Jenner, the brilliant forensic pathologist hero of Precious Blood, has survived the horrific final denouement of the Inquisitor serial killings, but not the political fall-out. His medical license suspended, Jenner finds himself banished from New York to Douglas County in coastal Florida, and settles in to work as a Medical Examiner in the balmy seaside resort of Port Fontaine.

But nothing in Douglas is as it seems. First, Jenner's former mentor is found savagely murdered, then an anonymous call in the middle of the night leads Jenner to a nightmarish discovery in the Everglades. He finds traces of a shadowy criminal conspiracy, and soon learns that he can trust no one.With his life on the line, Jenner refuses to walk away and let his friend's murder go unpunished. The result is an explosive, edge-of-the-seat thriller in the tradition of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs.


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HarperCollins Publishers, April 2011 , ISBN-13: 9780061691768


"This is a CinemaScope novel, in Technicolor and surround sound: bloody murders, hot sex, decadence, incest, drug cartels... a story of a depravity that both chills and fascinates."

"Hayes has written his character as a fractured soul with the heart of a hero. Jenner is brilliant. Move over Kay Scarpetta; there is a new pathologist in town. If you enjoy thrillers, this is a first class read. Jonathan Hayes has found the perfect pace to keep the reader involved from the first page to the last. Make time, for you will not want to put it down."
   —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"VERDICT: Even though this is the second entry in a series, new readers can enjoy it as a stand-alone. Fans of forensic thrillers by Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, and Jeff Lindsay will also delight in this book."
   —Library Journal

"Disgraced forensic pathologist Dr. Edward Jenner hoped that a move to Florida would be a distraction from the serial killer horrors in Precious Blood, but in Hayes' solid sequel, the medical examiner finds himself embroiled in another life and death investigation . . . Jenner emerges as a sufficiently flawed yet empathetic hero."
   —Publishers Weekly

"In Hayes' entertaining sequel to Precious Blood (2007), forensic pathologist Dr. Edward Jenner feels the sharp edge of an old adage, the one about no good deed going unpunished. . . . the oh-so-likable Jenner is redemptive, proving once again he can shine with those other stars in the forensic galaxy."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"Hayes shows us the darker side of the Sunshine State with Edward Jenner's next adventure. His portrait of a small Florida town is excellent; he conveys the class divide and an undercurrent of rot and corruption expertly. The action is nonstop, the atmosphere tense and the blood-soaked finale will leave you breathless."
   —Romantic Times Book Review Magazine, ****Four Stars