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The 32nd Instalment in the Murder Squad series.
Death by overdose is a growing concern amongst Politicians, Law Enforcement Agencies and the responsible people of this Nation, especially in light of the burgeoning Ice epidemic. However, another drug of choice for the young party-going crowd is Ecstasy or “E”.
Like Ice, it is manufactured in backyard Laboratories were quality control and selection of ingredients to mainly form “fillers and binders” for the tablets is of questionable import. Talcum powder, powdered bleach or even laundry washing powder have been used with these toxic substances having a severe reaction on the human body.
The youth who risk death or serious long term effects are seemingly not concerned with the fact that they are playing Russian Roulette with their lives, no matter how much publicity is given to the existence of toxic tablets being on the market.
With the death of a close friend of his son to a bad 'E' tablet and a week-end stint at a Big Band Extravaganza where Detective Joseph Lind witnesses first hand the results of such a mixture, the Detective embarks on a personal vendetta to identify and arrest the callous, illegal drug manufacturers who maybe making these deadly concoctions. A charge of culpable homicide on these cretins is a questionable outcome, but the anger within the Detective spurs him to at least attempt to lay blame where it is due.
Can there be a more ominous reason for this meddling from on high?
The two deaths at a seventeenth birthday party reveals links between those deaths and the OD deaths and overdose cases at the Sydney Band Extravaganza Concert.
The young Probation Officer Kaleesha Petrova, joins both Lind and Shields in the investigation of this case which brings a frustrating incomplete result for their tireless efforts.
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