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The Last High

The Last High is a novel by Daniel Kalla.

Daniel Kalla

Dr. Julie Rees, a toxicologist and ER doctor, is stunned when her emergency room is flooded with teenagers from the same party, all on the verge of death. Julie knows the world of opioids inside and out, and she recognizes that there's nothing typical about these cases. She suspects the teens took — or were given — fentanyl. But why did they succumb so quickly?

Detective Anson Chen is determined to find out. He and Julie race to track down the supplier of the deadly drugs. But the trail of suspects leads everywhere, from unscrupulous street dealers to ruthless gang leaders who hide behind legitimate business fronts and the walls of their mansions.

As Anson and Julie follow clues through the drug underworld, Julie finds herself haunted by memories of her troubled past — and the lover she lost to addiction. When other overdoses fill the ER — and the morgue — Julie realizes that something even more sinister than the ongoing fentanyl crisis is devastating the streets. And the body count is rapidly rising.

A gripping thriller, The Last High explores the perfect storm of greed, addiction, and crime behind the malignant spread of fentanyl, a deadly drug that is killing people faster than any known epidemic. (From Simon & Schuster)

The Last High is available in May 2020.

Daniel Kalla is an emergency room doctor, as well as an international bestselling author of 10 books, including We All Fall Down.

Interviews with Daniel Kalla

Daniel Kalla talks to Shelagh Rogers about his new book, We All Fall Down. 16:09
"Nightfall Over Shanghai" is set in that city during World War Two. 5:46

Other books by Daniel Kalla

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