Lance Elliot is the pseudonym of Dr Keith McCarthy, whose dark thrillers featuring pathologist John Eisenmenger are published by Constable & Robinson and now Severn House. He is a practising consultant cellular pathologist in Gloucestershire.
The reader is swept back to 1975, where the residents of a London suburb start dropping like flies, and GP Lance Elliot (yes, he's also the 'author'!) finds himself on the trail of the killer in his first murder case. A dry wit sparkles throughout, there's a great seventies nostalgia, and the quirky characters keep the reader guessing to the end. The relationship between Lance, his father, Dr Elliot Snr and Inspector Masson – like a seventies Gene Hunt – makes this a must-read.