The Last High

The Last High

A Thriller

Book - 2020
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In this riveting novel from international bestselling author Daniel Kalla, a Vancouver doctor and a detective face the deadly consequences of the opioid crisis as they track down the supplier of fentanyl that landed a group of teens in the ER with critical overdoses.

"Michael Crichton ought to be looking over his shoulder." The Chronicle Herald

Deliberately or not, they must've been poisoned...And if it happened to them...

There will be others.

Dr. Julie Rees, a toxicologist and ER doctor, is stunned when her emergency room is flooded with teenagers from the same party, all on the verge of death. Julie knows the world of opioids inside and out, and she recognizes that there's nothing typical about these cases. She suspects the teens took--or were given--fentanyl. But why did they succumb so quickly?

Detective Anson Chen is determined to find out. He and Julie race to track down the supplier of the deadly drugs. But the trail of suspects leads everywhere, from unscrupulous street dealers to ruthless gang leaders who hide behind legitimate business fronts and the walls of their mansions.

As Anson and Julie follow clues through the drug underworld, Julie finds herself haunted by memories of her troubled past--and the lover she lost to addiction. When other overdoses fill the ER--and the morgue--Julie realizes that something even more sinister than the ongoing fentanyl crisis is devastating the streets. And the body count is rapidly rising.

A gripping thriller, The Last High explores the perfect storm of greed, addiction, and crime behind the malignant spread of fentanyl, a deadly drug that is killing people faster than any known epidemic.
Publisher: Toronto :, Simon & Schuster,, 2020
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition
ISBN: 9781501196980
Branch Call Number: KAL
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,23 cm


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Feb 27, 2020

My first experience with this author won't be my last! A medical thriller written by a Canadian doctor and set in Vancouver BC Canada.

The opioid epidemic floods the ER of a Vancouver hospital dragging Dr. Julie Rees into tragic flashbacks. Working along with Det. Anson Chen of the Vancouver Police Department, Julie's toxicology knowledge helps trace back a batch of fentanal that is so powerful it leaves user dead in minutes.

The characters are well developed, the plot a steady flow of medical procedures, the police investigation intriguing, and a developing romance to round out all of the emotional aspects.

Only one '"unable to believe this' part" is breastfeeding right after heart transplant surgery. I enjoyed the tour of Vancouver - brought back a lot of good memories.

I volunteered to read an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada through Net Galley
Release date May 12, 2020.

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