It's Christmas and the founder of Oxenford, a boutique pharmaceuticals company, is persuaded to have a multi-generational family Christmas at his country home. Meanwhile, there has been a break-in at the laboratories, and it is discovered that a lethal virus has been stolen
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As a blizzard whips out of the north on Christmas Eve, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, director of a pharmaceutical research company, has everything riding on a drug he is developing to fight a lethal virus.
But others are interested in his success too: his grown-up children, at home for Christmas, have their eyes on the fortune he will make; Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police and now head of Stanley's security team, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; an ambitious local television reporter sniffs a story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs are on their way to steal the antidote for a client already waiting - though what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all.
As the storm worsens and the group is laid under siege by the elements, emotional sparks fly and dark secrets are revealed, which threaten to drive Stanley and his family apart for ever.
'Few writers can come up with the thrills more effectively than Ken Follett' Guardian
'A new breed of thriller . . . Follett drags readers to the very edge of their seats and holds them captive until the very last villain is satisfactorily dispatched' Publishers Weekly
'This is gasp-a-minute stuff by a vintage practitioner' Daily Mail