Conti, Tom. The Doctor. Robson Books. July 2006. c.282p. ISBN 1-86105-841-1. $13.95. Fiction.

In his debut, Tony Award-winning British actor Conti (Whose Life Is It Anyway?) narrates the adventures of Hal Sinclair, a man seeking to atone for his violent past as a pilot for the British Intelligence Service. Meeting the beautiful and much younger Francesca Trestrail in Cambridge in the mid-1960s, he begins a passionate affair with her only to flee to Africa to escape from his controller. Hal takes a job as a pilot for a flying doctor service in Kenya, and Francesca tags along. When his favorite doctor, John Koston, is killed in an accident, Hal decides to fake his own death, assume Koston’s identity, abandon Francesca, and return to England, where he begins a decade-long study of medicine. But neither Francesca nor his past as a Special Ops pilot can be easily forgotten. Narrated with a witty, highly distinctive voice, this intriguing mix of sexual antics, dangerous flying, and medical escapades is recommended for most public libraries.

Library Journal, 131, no. 10 (June 1, 2006), 106-107.


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