Bad Medicine

By Richard Whitten Barnes

The Andy Blake Series Book 1

Enormous profits from counterfeit prescription drugs secreted into the USA from Canada are funding a Neo-Nazi group dedicated to changing the ethnic face of North America.

Windsor Ontario police inspector Andy Blake is recovering from a line of duty knifing that sends her home to beautiful St. Joseph Island, at the headwaters of Lake Huron. Instead of a peaceful recovery, Andy is thrust into the middle of a murder investigation that involves Grant Stacey, the boy she left behind twenty- five years ago.

The investigation pits her against killers ruthless enough to do anything to keep their supply from Canada intact, as well as the Islanders who are supplying them.

What They Are Saying About Bad Medicine

“A trip to the cottage will never be the same. Those friendly neighbours might not be as nice as they seem. That quiet little church in the woods might be the centre of a major smuggling operation.

In Bad Medicine, Richard Whitten Barnes has woven together a complex mystery, one that had me glued to the page. What starts off as a some quiet time on leave from the police force for Andy Blake, turns into an intriguing, heart pounding mystery, the implications of which threaten her developing relationship with an old high school flame. Andy is the kind of character we root for throughout the book: smart, curious, principled and somewhat damaged. What Barnes does extremely well in this book is to illustrate the community in Canadian cottage country. In his descriptions of the people, the landscape, the relationships, Barnes' writing is authentic. The tension mounts throughout, little clues keep you hooked, and it culminates in an explosive ending, leaving you wanting more.  I will wait eagerly for the follow-up.”

Daniel Rasic

Author of The Pirates of Aden

Multi-published author Richard Whitten Barnes has a seamless way of unfolding a suspenseful and exciting account of International crime with dangerously wicked characters, and lovable, heartwarming heroes. You can’t help but fall in love with his main character in Bad Medicine. Recuperating Officer Andy Blake could easily be your next-door neighbor, who has to choose between the new man in her life, or her love for her work at Windsor Police Station in Ontario.

Conger Books Reviews