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Burn Out

By Alan Scholefield

Is it worth the risk?

Dr. Anne Vernon has recently taken a job as the only woman in an all-male prison.

Her role there is twofold: She must cater to the physical well-being of the prisoners and also investigate their mental problems – a job description that is as challenging as it is dangerous.

Within minutes of arrival, the new doctor is thrown her first case: a suicide risk who has been charged with attempted rape of a schoolgirl. To her surprise, Dr. Vernon recognizes the man as Jason Newman, a former international tennis star.

His situation does look particularly bad: Two young girls have recently disappeared from the neighbourhood and the police are desperate to find a suspect.

But Dr. Vernon believes that he could be innocent and takes a more than medical interest in his case. As she investigates his problems, Dr. Vernon begins to uncover a turmoil of suppressed passions that will eventually erupt to put her own life in danger.

Will she survive in her new career?

Alan Scholefield was born in 1931 in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied English Literature at Oxford. After leaving university he became a journalist and travelled widely in southern and central Africa, Europe, and America. Most famous for his Macrae and Silver series, Scholefield has also written other novels, including Venom, which was made into a film in 1981. He is now a freelance editor and lives in Hampshire with his wife and has three daughters.


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