Priya Joseph is an Irish-Indian coder working at a new pacemaker clinic in Galway, a small city on the west coast of Ireland that is a research and manufacturing hub within the multi-billion-dollar medical devices industry. Priya's life is already off the rails; in fact, the train has disappeared screaming into a ravine when, after a night out that she does not remember apart from a vague memory of being with a mysterious woman, she wakes up in an unfamiliar apartment and makes a gruesome discovery.
Priya is dragged into an investigation that uncovers secrets about a pacemaker technology and the wireless controllers that communicate with the implanted pacemakers, secrets that threaten a multi-million dollar enterprise. Priya learns that she has unwittingly been involved in research that could have consequences far beyond the small city where she has been trying to hide from her life. She discovers that her past is not what she thought it was and now that she actually wants a future, she may not survive long enough as she is being pursued and her pursuers will do whatever it takes to complete their mission but time is running out. And they have a problem. Which they need Priya to solve.HEART STOPPER is a unique combination of a medical drama, thriller, murder mystery and a romance that intelligently tackles issues of race, gender, romance, sexual orientation, outsider and cultural aspects while delivering a rollicking fast paced story, a real page-turner.
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RJ Samuel is the pen name of the author, who lives and works in Galway, Ireland. She was born in 1967 in Nigeria to Indian parents. She left Nigeria in 1984 to study in Galway, Ireland and has remained in Galway since then, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian.She has been writing creatively for 6 years, excluding her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them. Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her short story 'Vision Painter' went on to be short-listed for this competition.She is currently writing her second novel, Falling Colours, which is also set in Galway and which is based on the short story 'Vision Painter'.www.RJSamuel.comTwitter: @R_J_Samuel