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Blood Lies

Ben Dafoe, a young Emergency Room doctor and part-time crime scene consultant for the Seattle P.D., is haunted by addiction. Two years earlier, a cocaine habit claimed the life of his identical twin, Aaron. Or rather, presumably did, because his brother’s body was never found. Now Ben walks onto the scene of a savage stabbing to learn that the victim, Emily Kenmore, is his former fiancée—another loved one who fell prey to addiction. Among the carnage in Emily’s bedroom, a single streak of blood belonging to the killer is caked on the wall. When the DNA from that sample matches Ben’s blood, he becomes the prime suspect.

Convinced that his identical twin is alive and somehow involved in Emily’s death, Ben goes on the run to find Aaron. He escapes north to Vancouver where his brother was last seen alive. Working under an assumed identity at an inner city clinic, Ben frantically hunts for his brother while trying to evade American and Canadian authorities.

Flavored with the science of DNA, BLOOD LIES is a medical thriller and a Fugitive-style suspense novel with a major twist. While Ben struggles to solve a tragic mystery from his past to clear his name in a crime of the present, he learns that sometimes blood lies.

“Fans of intelligent contemporary whodunits who enjoyed Scott Turow’s debut, Presumed Innocent, will find welcome echoes of that modern classic in Blood Lies… The twists are well done, and Kalla has a gift rare in the thriller field for creating sympathetic characters. ” —  Publishers Weekly   *starred review*

“Fast paced and smartly written. Kalla has quickly matured into a force to be reckoned with… The novel springs several fresh surprises on the reader (including one whopping great shocker). ”  —  Booklist

“Kalla’s well paced medical thriller has twists that surprise us, but always make sense.”  —  Entertainment Weekly

“Kalla continues his rapid rise in the thriller ranks with a gripping fourth novel…”  — Seattle PI