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The Doctor's Wife

Fiona Sussman



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David Bateman Ltd
10 October 2022
Nothing in Stan Andino's unremarkable life could prepare him for the day he discovers his wife in the living room, naked except for a black apron, bleaching out a stain in the carpet that only she can see. A CT scan one week later explains the seemingly inexplicable; Carmen Andino has a brain tumour. As Stan and their teenage sons grapple with the diagnosis and frightening personality changes in their wife and mother, Austin Lamb, close friend and local doctor, does everything possible to assist the family in crisis. Months later, just when it feels as though life couldn't possibly get any worse for the Andinos, the body of Austin Lamb's wife Tibbie is discovered at the bottom of the Browns Bay cliffs. The Doctor's Wife is an enthralling page-turner that sees award-winning author Fiona Sussman return to a genre of which she is master - crime fiction.

Imprint:   David Bateman Ltd
Country of Publication:   New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 26mm
ISBN:   9781776890439
ISBN 10:   1776890434
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Former family doctor, Fiona Sussman hung up her stethoscope in 2003 to pursue another long-held dream, to write. Published internationally, she is the author of four novels and numerous short stories. Her novel The Last Time We Spoke won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel in 2017 and was shortlisted for the NZ Heritage Prize in 2016. An early draft won the Kobo/NZ Society of Authors Publishing Prize. Her novel Addressed to Greta launched Bateman Books’ fiction list and went on to win the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction in 2021. Fiona’s short stories have also received critical acclaim, including ‘Mad Men’, which won the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award in 2018, and ‘A Breath, A Bunk, A Land, A Sky’, which was shortlisted from over five thousand entries for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2020.

Reviews for The Doctor's Wife

‘A superior psychological thriller . . . I loved it!’ LIZ NUGENT; ‘A masterful anatomy of a friendship shattered by illness and violent death. First rate suspense from Fiona Sussman.’ LIAM McILVANNEY; ‘A cleverly structured, meticulously researched novel.’ PADDY RICHARDSON

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