The Hollow Men

Rob McCarthy. Pegasus Crime (Norton, dist.), $25.95 (368p) ISBN 978-1-68177-249-3
Medical student McCarthy’s accomplished first novel and series launch plunges Harry Kent, a London ER doctor who also serves as an on-call doctor for police matters (the British term is police surgeon), into a difficult situation: 17-year-old Solomon Idris has taken hostages in a fast-food restaurant and he needs medical help. Idris will let three hostages go if a physician treats him. Kent enters the restaurant, where he starts to treat Idris, but when the snipers covering Kent hear a gunshot, they shoot, wounding Idris. The teenager is taken to a hospital, where someone tries to kill him. The angry, determined Kent makes it his mission to save Idris—and to find out what made him resort to such a violent act. Kent’s considerable backstory as an army doctor in Afghanistan includes his connection to James Lahiri, a doctor who saved Kent’s life overseas and has been treating Idris in London. McCarthy provides a fascinating look at the sociology of crime and policing while deftly exploring the motivations of Idris, Kent, and Lahiri. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company (U.K.). (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 09/05/2016
Release date: 12/20/2016
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