2026 – Vienna.
The city is swarming with neo-Nazi groups, determined to ‘purify’ the country by any means and protesting the new, integrated Austria.
Sharkey, a Viennese journalist, has a chance encounter with Leo Detmers, a computer geek whom he sees as nothing more than a drunken bore.
Three months later, Leo’s glamorous wife Petra calls Sharkey to tell him that his ‘friend’ Leo has been killed in a hit-and-run.
Sharkey is quickly sucked in to helping Leo’s pregnant widow find out what really happened to him – and why.
The reporter begins to dig deeper and starts to suspect that not only did Leo know his killer, but that he was up to his neck in a serious investigation of his own – one which might well be linked to his sudden death.
As Sharkey retraces the steps Leo took before his death, he finds out that Leo was investigating Reprotech, a bio-tech company, and he’d found chilling proof that he was the product of a mysterious genetics programme…
The deeper Sharkey digs, the more he begins to suspect that someone has interfered with Leo and Petra’s lives – with their very genetic codes. But who would want to, and for what sinister purpose?
When Sharkey narrowly avoids losing his life in an explosion, it becomes clear that whoever killed Leo is not going to stop there.
As Vienna boils with right-wing hatred, Sharkey finds himself caught up in a race to find the true purpose behind Reprotech’s shadowy intentions…
Vienna Blood is an elegantly crafted thriller, seamlessly drawing together science and fiction.
Praise for Vienna Blood
“Remarkable… Science and fiction at the cutting edge” –The Times
“A nerve-tingling plot, in which sophisticated genetic engineering, organised racism and intrigue are intertwined” –Sunday Telegraph
“Vienna Blood is a delight; a techno-thriller so impressive it re-enobles a genre woefully demeaned in recent years… Mathews’ creations… leap off the page, and the fruits of his impressively thorough research are integrated subtly and organically” – Time Out
Adrian Mathews is the author of the literary thrillers The Hat of Victor Noir and Vienna Blood, which won the CWA Silver Dagger Award, and The Apothecary’s House, shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. He has lived in central Paris for over 20 years.
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