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Product Details

  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060857951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060857950
  • ASIN: B0031MA84C
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Australian Anya Chrichton, a relative newcomer to the ranks of forensic detectives, has a three-year-old son, Ben, who is the light of her life. Unfortunately, court-appointed weekends with Ben are threatened by the whims of her ex, whom she supports by working as a forensic specialist for private clients. When Anoub Deab shows up demanding that she investigate his sister's death, she agrees, though she insists she's not a detective. That's just what she turns out to be, however, after discovering eerie forensic similarities between Deab's sister and several other, very different women. Is there a serial killer on the loose? As Anya pursues the answers, someone begins a campaign of harassment that calls up memories of a family tragedy involving her own sister. A delicious buildup of clues and plenty of gruesome details will please genre devotes, as will the satisfying outcome, which is likely to surprise even a few seasoned thriller fans. Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs--move over. Stephanie Zvirin
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Kathryn Fox has created a forensic physician who readers of Patricia Cornwell will adore James Patterson Much better than anything Cornwell has written lately, and much superior to anything Reichs has ever written ... deeply satisfying. A new talent to watch Australian Book Review Will keep you gripped from start to finish...break-neck plots...fascinating medical and police procedural details ... What a compelling new talent! Jeffery Deaver It's a wonderful moment when you track down something that's really worth reading... Gripping from its very first page, it carries you breathlessly through its deftly plotted twists and turns Australian Vogue MALICIOUS INTENT is top-notch in its genre Sunday Telegraph (Australia) Fox is stomach-churningly good... Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Kathryn Fox is a medical practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine. She has worked as a family physician, medical journalist and freelance writer. Her debut novel, Malicious Intent, received international acclaim and won the 2005 Davitt award for Best Crime Novel. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

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Lots of good technical detail woven into a compelling thriller.
David Hobbs
The story is well structured and interesting and moves along at a good pace.
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The bad guy was a little too obvious to me - but maybe not to others.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thirty-four year old Anya Crichton, the Australian heroine of Kathryn Fox's medical thriller, "Malicious Intent," is both a forensic pathologist and a forensic physician. That is, she is qualified to conduct postmortems to establish cause of death and she is also an expert in assessing the wounds and injuries of people who have survived assaults. Anya has a great deal on her mind. Her marriage is kaput, her ex-husband, Martin, has custody of their three-year-old son, Ben, and she is scrambling to make a living.

Kate sometimes works with her friend, twenty-eight year old Detective Sergeant Kate Farrer, whose competence as a investigator is offset by her arrogant and brusque manner. One day, Kate informs Anya that she is looking into the unusual case of a pregnant nun named Clare Matthews who committed suicide by jumping off a cliff. When a pathologist looks at a slide of Matthews's lungs, he notices that they contain unusual hourglass-shaped fibers. What are these fibers and how did the nun come to inhale them? Stranger still, several other women are found dead, apparent suicides, and they have the same fibers in their lungs. What did all of these women, who apparently did not even know one another, have in common?

Kate and Anya have no way of knowing that a manipulative and clever man has embarked on a Machiavellian experiment. This individual's actions have already resulted in the deaths of at least four women, and the closer that Kate and Anya get to uncovering the perpetrator's identity, the greater the danger that they, too, will fall victim to this cunning and elusive sadist.

"Malicious Intent" features an attractive, smart, and vulnerable heroine who has already been compared to Patricia Cornwell's forensic pathologist, Kay Scarpetta.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on May 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dr. Anya Crichton is a freelancer pathologist in Australia. She is one of the few women in the field. Anya is trying to get her new business off the ground so she can pay her mortgage, pay child support, and then go to court to fight for custody of her three-year-old son, Ben.

Anya's expert forensic evidence is instrumental in winning a very high-profile case and soon the offers for work come pouring in! She decides to help a lawyer, Dan Brody, look into the death of a young Lebanese girl. It looks to be a simple overdose. However, Anya notices some odd fibers in the girl's lungs. This seems to have nothing to do with the death, so it is simply listed as a side note. Yet soon other female suicides show up. All the victims had disappeared for a short period of time before their bodies were found and all of them have the same odd fiber in their lungs. None of the deaths seem to be linked, so the law enforcements shrug it off. Anya finds herself unable to let it go. And someone out there is determined to stop her from nosing around, permanently.

**** I found this novel to be an intellectual challenge! I simply had to see if I could figure it all out before the main character did. The author adds in a realistic personal life for Anya to give the story a deeper feeling of belief. The story is well written and moves at a good clip. Fans of the CSI series will definitely want to check out this new talent. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was a pretty good first novel. It got a little bogged down with TMI sometimes, lots of detail and then all of a sudden, lots of action. I had already figured out who "done it" midway through the book, probably because so many thrillers are so formulaic and you know it's someone you have `met' or who is close to the character or on the periphery so you just mentally start detecting them out. Interesting story of these all tied together but the culprit was just your basic ordinary psychopathic sadist. I will try #2 -- I rated this one 3.5 stars. The protag Anya is more interesting and more human than Kay Scarpetta or Tempe Brennan and I liked her a lot more. Like the Australian setting and her lifestyle.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on April 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Author Kathryn Fox is a general practitioner who lives in Sydney, Australia. Malicious Intent is Fox's first novel. She is working on the second novel in the Anya Crichton series.

Pathologist, Dr. Anya Crichton is a freelancer in the male-dominated field. She's divorced and her ex-husband, Martin has custody of their young son because she is a working mother and Martin is a stay-at-home father. In Martin's case, the translation is: immature and lazy man.

Anya's investigation into the overdose death of a young Lebanese woman from a fundamentalist Muslim family raises frightening questions when she discovers coincidences between that death and the suicides of several other women.

Anya and her friend, Detective Sergeant Kate Farrer, chase the evil that is terrorizing unsuspecting women. Their investigation, if unsuccessful, could mean the death of one or both of the determined women.

Malicious Intent is a fast-paced and exciting novel with interesting characters and a scintillating plot. There are a few superfluous scenes that slow the action, but they don't detract from the novel's overall excitement.

Armchair Interviews says: Read Malicious Intent and then force yourself to wait for the release of the second Anya Crichton mystery. I suspect Ms. Fox will be a force to reckon with in the genre.
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