Fatal Dose (Russell Atkinson)

I received a free copy of Fatal Dose in exchange for an honest review. This did not change my opinion of the book.

When former FBI agent and current attorney Cliff Knowles is hired by a company that manufactures equipment for radiation treatment, he has no idea how dangerous the case will become. Hired to investigate a series of overdoses, he finds himself in the line of fire when he strays too close to the truth.

Typically, I don’t liked to start a series in the middle. I got lucky with this book. While it is the third book in the series, it didn’t really require you to read the prior books to know what was going on. There were a few references here and there that I didn’t really get, but it did not take away from the story and was not really integral to the plot. It certainly got me interested in catching up on the rest of the series.

I found Cliff Knowles to be a little inconsistent. In one moment he was a super good guy who always walked on the side of the law and in the next he was being super judgemental or roughing people up a little. I suppose if I’m really being honest, this makes him more human. Logically, I should like him more for it, but it was occasionally a little jarring. I didn’t dislike him, but I was super enamored of him either. But, like with a date that was a little off, but ultimately charming, I’ll probably give him another chance to wow me.

I thought that I would connect more with the medical clinic aspect, but ultimately, it wasn’t that part that hooked me. The medical clinic staff were sort of not super great people. In the end, it was just a really entertaining story, with a little action (but not so much that it gets bogged down) and a well put together mystery. Russ Atkinson is a former FBI agent himself, which helps lend realism to the story.

If you are a fan of mysteries, Fatal Dose is definitely one you’ll want to check out. While it started just a little slow, once it picks up, it’s hard to put down.