Troubador The Cull

Released: 01/03/2013

eISBN: 9781780886589

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‘On the night of Friday, April 22nd 2005 three residents were murdered at the Elmview Nursing Home in the Cambridgeshire village of Kellingham. Iris Crawford, aged 88, Wally Green, aged 73, and Margaret Kelso-Brown, aged 82, died in their beds, their throats cut. I was expecting a death in Kellingham, but not for another week. And one death, not three.’ The Cull is a crime novel set in a research establishment devoted to prolonging life. In 25 years’ time there will be two people of working age for every pensioner. Biomedical advances, especially in stem cell research, will lead to a dramatic increase in life expectancy. The social consequences of these demographic changes are momentous, with the potential for major conflict between the generations. In May 2003, Linda Kelso-Brown is found dead at the Institute for Successful Ageing (IFSA). In 2004, on the anniversary of her death, Professor Ravi Choudhuri is found hanged. The coroner’s verdict is homicide-suicide, but a note suggesting otherwise arrives. IFSA finds itself in the spotlight again when three residents at Elmview, a residential nursing home with links to its anti-ageing drug trials, are murdered. With an accurate account of the science of ageing and the pharmacology of anti-ageing drugs, The Cull is a thrilling read that examines inter-generational conflict and the consequences of a longer life span

The Operation and The Cull are the first two books in a series of crime novels set in the years 1997-2009, the era of “New Labour”, the new Millennium, nine-eleven. the Iraq War, years of boom and bust, hope and disenchantment, deception, and some frank criminality. L.S. Caton studied anthropology, criminology, psychology and psychiatry, and is uniquely placed to observe the era.

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L.S.Caton is a forensic psychiatrist. She was born in Scotland, but now lives in England with her husband and two teenage children. She has a lifelong love of crime fiction.

She writes: "I have been an avid reader since childhood. My favourite author in this genre, by a long mile, is Raymond Chandler. I have always thought that the opening two paragraphs of “The Big Sleep” rank alongside the finest writing in the English Language. I don’t even dream of trying to emulate him, but I wanted to write about what I have seen. My writing aims to entertain but I also want to deal with issues that make me angry - injustice, incompetence, the exploitation of vulnerable individuals. And to confront some of the failures of my profession of psychiatry."

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