"In one hundred and fifty years the pharmaceutical industry has gone from selling snake oil to controlling the future of the human race" - Dr. Richard Bannerman
Dick Bannerman's daughter Montana has always admired international pharmaceuticals giant Bendix Schere, the very image of a modern, caring company, so when they offer her Nobel Prize-winning father the genetics research facility of his dreams - and an end to his financial worries - she is jubilant.
The future also begins to look bright for Monty, who has spent a decade eking out a living as PA to her father, when she meets fellow employee Conor Molloy, a young American patents lawyer. The attraction is mutual but Conor is holding something back from her, some dark secret about the company that, until now, has seemed the answer to Monty's prayers.
Then she receives a visit from a newspaper editor whose pregnant daughter and unborn baby have died horrific deaths. And so, he reveals, have two other expectant mothers and their babies. The link? The fertility drug Maternox, Bendix Schere's biggest-selling product.
Monty, at first reluctant to take such fears seriously, is soon convinced that something is rotten beneath the veneer of "The World's Most Caring Company", for as she starts investigating, people start dying in mysterious accidents. She finds herself plunged into a nightmare as the trail leads to the centre of a conspiracy of beathtaking scale, with grotesque implications for the human race: in global corridors of power, science is being harnessed by the darkest forces in the universe ...
Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer before returning to England. His novels, including the number one bestseller POSSESSION, have been translated into twenty-six languages. He has recently produced several films, including the BAFTA-nominated Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. Peter James lives near Brighton in Sussex.