by Charles Atkins

Dr Frank Garfield has found a cure for cancer, but cut-throat businesses are looking to profit on the research and don’t care who they trample over to do so.

Paediatric oncologist Dr Frank Garfield has discovered a genetic cure for cancer that can save his young patients. But his mentor, Nobel Prize laureate Dr Jackson Atlas, believes his research is like blood in the water for profit-hungry drug companies that will twist and weaponize it.

UNICO Pharmaceuticals CEO Leona Lang is desperate to find a new product, and Frank’s formula could be the answer. But Jackson is an obstacle.

Dalton Lang, Leona’s sociopathic son, has been tasked with seducing Frank into joining UNICO. His first steps are to eliminate Jackson and make it look like a burglary.

With Jackson gone, will Frank be persuaded to join UNICO or let his research, which could blow apart the cancer industry, die? The lives of innocent children hang in the balance. Frank can save them . . . but at what cost?


The sort of page-turner whose over-the-top plot and self-awareness make it all the more fun

Kirkus Reviews

A fast-paced mystery with two unforgettable leading ladies

Booklist on Done to Death

Atkins continues to provide the blend of plot development and well-rounded characters that makes the series so successful

Kirkus Reviews on Done to Death

For mystery lovers who value setting and characterization

Library Journal on Done to Death

Psychiatrist Atkins uses his background to good effect, employing numerous psychological motives and creating a satisfyingly twisted plot

Library Journal on Best Place to Die

The author effectively mixes a fast-moving plot with commentary on important social issues

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Charles Atkins

Charles Atkins, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, clinical trainer, and author of both fiction and non-fiction, both as Charles Atkins and under the pen name, Caleb James. He lectures, and provides trainings and workshops, on topics related to mental health, mindfulness, and writing.

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Elixir by Charles Atkins is available in the following formats

Hardback *97807278905044th August 2020150 X 225mm224$28.99
Hardback *978072789050430th April 2020150 X 225mm224£20.99
Ebook97814483042641st June 2020N/A224$10.99
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