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Last High
by Daniel Kalla
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Simon & Schuster, 2020 (2020)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Daniel Kalla, bestselling author of The Pandemic and We All Fall Down now brings us a medical mystery centered on the opiod crisis, The Last High. Dr. Kalla - an ER physician working with patients of the current pandemic - knows of what he writes. Vancouver, BC, where he lives and works, has been hit hard by opioid deaths.

The lead in The Last High is ER physician/toxicologist Dr. Julie Rees. Julie's tragic past still haunts her. She has overcome the addiction that consumed her nine years before, but still feels guilty that her fiance Michael died from an overdose when they were both residents.

As she starts her shift, teens are brought in, suffering overdoses. One survives, one ends up in a coma and five died. They were poisoned with a super-potent opioid. More cases soon follow. Julie works with Detective Anson Chen (a friend who might become something more) and his partner Theo, to identify the poison and track down its source.

Scared addicts label the drug that caused these deaths The Last High. Julie is kept busy treating victims and assisting the police. Solid procedural work pays off in an action-packed conclusion to this gripping thriller. Not to be missed!

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