Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Quentin Smith ~ 2nd guest post and his novel ~ Huber's Tattoo

TITLE: Huber’s Tattoo
RELEASE DATE: August 2017
AUTHOR: Quentin Smith
CATEGORIES: Historical Mystery/Thriller
ISBN: 978-1974412211
IMPRINT: White Stag

KEYWORDS: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Historical,
Nazi, Dystopian, Germany

“It is from the midst of this putrid sewer that the greatest river of human industry springs up. Here it is that humanity achieves for itself both perfection and brutalization.”

Imagine if the secretive Nazi ambition to breed a super intelligent race in the 1930s had been realised...

Huber's Tattoo reveals the complicity of the German medical and scientific establishments in the mechanics of engineering the Super Race.

Set in London in 2011, several loosely connected murders are gradually traced back to the secretive and shocking Nazi eugenics program centred around Himmler’s Lebensborn birthing homes. As this bizarre pattern becomes more noticeable, the intellectually brilliant DCI Webber of Scotland Yard discovers, throughout the course of his investigation, that his own links to the Lebensborn program, and the murders themselves, are much closer than he could have ever imagined. A parallel narrative, starting in Germany in 1936, follows the Nazi medical doctors involved in this ingenious secret project to engineer Aryan super intelligence. The two narratives eventually converge to create a thrilling finish.

“It is from the midst of this putrid sewer that the greatest river of human industry springs up. Here it is that humanity achieves for itself both perfection and brutalization.”

Huber’s Tattoo is the extraordinary story of a relatively unknown aspect of Nazi history. Viewed through contemporary characters who follow the clues back to the 1930s, the story suggests the impact such fiendish tampering with medicine and human development could have inflicted on future generations. Inspired by authors such as C.J. Sansom and Patricia Cornwell, Quentin is fascinated by the concept of engineering human intelligence, as well as the evil and misguided ambitions of the Nazi Lebensborn and eugenics programmes of the 1930’s. Huber’s Tattoo will appeal to fans of crime and historical fiction.

I seldom listen to music while writing as I find it distracting. My study window offers no views and my keyboard faces the wall. Sounds austere doesn’t it, but it fuels my imagination as I focus on being lost in what I’m writing. I usually write late at night when I get free time and space. If it’s going well I can write for two hours until past midnight. I absolutely love those creative bursts.
How do I start? I plan everything before the first sentence is written. Characters, scenes, the beginning and the end. That is not to say that things don’t change along the way - some characters become stroppy and develop a mind of their own, and great storyline ideas sometimes crystallize out of nowhere. But I generally know where I’m starting and where I’ll finish.

In addition to being an anaesthetist, Quentin Smith has a long-standing passion for writing. He has published articles and papers in The British Journal of Anaesthesia, Anaesthesia News, Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Today’s Anaesthetist, Spark, and Insight.

Following a five-year term as editor of Today’s Anaesthetist, he undertook creative writing study through The Writing School, New College Durham, The London School of Journalism and then a coveted place on the Curtis Brown Creative fiction course in 2014.

He is the author of three previously published novels: The Secret Anatomy of Candles (Matador 2012); Huber’s Tattoo (Matador 2014); 16mm of Innocence (Matador 2015). Huber’s Tattoo was runner-up in The People’s Book Prize 2015 and 16mm of Innocence was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize 2016. His recent novels reveal his interest in European history and the Second World War in particular.

AMAZON US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07597RKWC
AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07597RKWC
AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07597RKWC
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