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Sunderland anaesthetist in line for crime novel prize

Author Quentin Smith, who is also an anaesthatist at Sunderland Royal Hospital, with his new novel, Huber's Tattoo

Author Quentin Smith, who is also an anaesthatist at Sunderland Royal Hospital, with his new novel, Huber's Tattoo

A HOSPITAL anaesthetist who pens crime novels when he isn’t in the operating theatre has been shortlisted for a top award.

Quentin Smith, who works at Sunderland Royal Hospital and the city’s Eye Infirmary, has been selected for the 2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards long-list, for his latest novel Huber’s Tattoo.

The crime thriller blends the history behind Nazi experimentation during the Second World War, and the investigations of a modern-day detective examining a series of grisly murders, that suspiciously appear to be linked to experiments decades before.

The books examines the question of what would have happened if the experiments had worked.

Quentin, 49, of Durham City, said: “It’s a strange subject. Eugenics and genetic experimentation wasn’t unique to the Nazis, it was very popular in America in the early 20th century. But it was the Nazis who took it even further, in an attempt to engineer intelligence.

“Not much is known about it as the Nazis burnt their documents.

“It’s a very delicate balance, to create a fictional story that you can weave into a reader’s mind around historical facts.” After pursuing a career as an anaesthetist for 18 years, in 2012 Quentin decided that he wanted to fulfil his passion and ambition by writing a novel.

 

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