Dead Drift

a Winding River Mystery by Pat O'Reilly

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This fast-moving thriller, the first in the Winding River Mysteries trilogy by writer, broadcaster and life-long flyfisher Pat O'Reilly (a vice president of The Wild Trout Trust) has, inevitably, flyfishing woven into its intricate plot. Details...

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In the immediate post-covid era the new field of bio-nanotechnology has sparked world-wide excitement, not only within the pharma giants but also among governments. The potential benefits of the new technology are enormous, but in the wrong hands so are the risks.

And now it is clear that the wrong hands are holding all the cards, as Project Gemini suffers setback after setback. One thing John Stephenson knows for certain: nobody gets that much bad luck without there being a root cause. But despite all his searching, that is still all he knows. Not why, not who, not even how. How are they getting information about Project Gemini?

Then the assassinations begin, and Stephenson learns something else, the hard way: he is now the prime target.


"Shades of Ian Flemming without the gimmicks, and towards the end a death-cum-suicide rate worthy of The Avengers... The final scene is just right and very Agatha Christie, which is not to be sneered at." CV, Portugal.

"Very fast paced. I read the whole book in three sittings, which is unheard of for me. I just wanted to turn the page and read the next bout of mis-direction." PJ, Wales UK.

About Author Pat O'Reilly

Pat O'Reilly

Writer and broadcaster Pat O’Reilly came from Bromsgrove – one of his better decisions, he claims. After training as an electronics engineer he worked hard but briefly as an electronics engineer, less hard and even more briefly as a college and university lecturer, and hardly hard at all for more than thirty years as a fly-fishing instructor. He has also had lots of fun running writers’ courses and as a management consultant specialising in innovation and creativity, while keeping his feet firmly grounded as an environmental advisor to governments…

In a writing career spanning more than fifty years, Pat has written one documentary film script, three dozen books and far too many newspaper and magazine articles. Pat's most recent non-fiction book, published by First Nature, is Fascinated by Fungi, now in its second (2016) edition, third reprint (2022). His only serious novel, Harnessing the Unicorn, was published by Gower Press in 1998, and his most fun novel, published in 2014, is Frazzle. Pat's latest novels are Dead Drift, Dead Cert, and Dead End - a trilogy of river-based mystery thrillers..

Pat O’Reilly was awarded the MBE in 2003 for his environmental work. He lives in Wales with his wife Sue and far too many books.

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