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  • The Last High

    Wow …I think I just found my new favorite author. This book rates a solid 4-1/2 stars! I have huge respect for an author who is able to entertain us with his imagination …to put his creativity into such story telling …I am quite envious! There were lots of twists and turns that kept the story entertaining and fresh! There was a great job done in the development of the main characters and the seconds! This was a fun book to read as I used to live in Vancouver, many moons ago, so I am familiar with all the streets and areas that were mentioned in the book (and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to guess which hospital Dr. Kalla works at!!!) I will definitely be looking for more novels from this author! I highly recommend this book

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  • A great mixture of crime, medicine, & suspense

    The Last High is an in-depth medical/crime suspense story. The story centres around the rampant drug abuse in Vancouver which is a large problem for this Canadian city. While Julie is working a night shift in the ER she is faced with a group of teenagers that all arrive by ambulance after a drug overdose. All of the teens die with the exception of two, one who is doing well and the other who Julie keeps alive by putting her in ECMO, against the cardiologists advice. Due to the fact they all died quickly and the same way she realizes that they were poisoned high is confirmed by her friend Anson, a police detective who finds no drugs or paraphernalia at the scene. What follows is a deep investigation into the drug world. There seems to be a lot of research into the city itself and they groups/gangs that make and supply the drugs to the dealers, making this not only realistic but interesting to read. Julie is an Addict herself, 9 years in recovery and this drives her to dig deep with Anson to find the truth. I really enjoyed this book and the characters. Julie and Anson are well developed characters. This book will keep you guessing and is a good mixture of police, medicine, crime and a touch of romance that is not out of place. The only issue I have with the book is the ending which seemed to be rushed. Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read this book.

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  • Canadian author, Canadian setting

    My first experience with this author won't be my last! A medical thriller written by a Canadian doctor and set in Vancouver BC Canada. The opioid epidemic floods the ER of a Vancouver hospital dragging Dr. Julie Rees into tragic flashbacks. Working along with Det. Anson Chen of the Vancouver Police Department, Julie's toxicology knowledge helps trace back a batch of fentanal that is so powerful it leaves user dead in minutes. The characters are well developed, the plot a steady flow of medical procedures, the police investigation intriguing, and a developing romance to round out all of the emotional aspects. Only one '"unable to believe this' part" is breastfeeding right after heart transplant surgery. I enjoyed the tour of Vancouver - brought back a lot of good memories. I volunteered to read an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada through Net Galley

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    A very powerful, gut wrenching novel. I live in B.C. and I know about the drug overdoses that occur daily in Vancouver and other areas of the Province. This novel is full of the real truth, and contains actual facts not just dramatic fiction. Thank you for writing this story.

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  • A thriller about a dangerous side of our society

    Dr. Daniel Kalla's "The Last High" is a compelling read about the deadly illicit drug trade. Set in Vancouver, where Kalla practices emergency medicine, the plot centres on an investigation into a particularly deadly drug which the police have called "TLH" (The Last High); this drug killed a group of teenagers at a party and police are desperate to find the source of the drug. ER doctor and toxicologist Julie Rees and Detective Anson Chen of the Vancouver Police Department team up to i

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