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A Novel



256 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.99 (CA $22.99) (US $16.99)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781948721042

Rights: US & CA

Gibson House Press (Oct 2019)


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Colin Tugdale has only one year left to live. He has no complaints. He took the government money, and he lived for twenty years in perfect health, never growing one day older, never getting sick. But his time is almost over, and his beloved wife, Ruby, is already gone. Colin needs something to occupy himself. He meets a woman who should be dead. He sees a man who is dead. Is it possible that his government has been lying to him? Colin's last year might prove to be his most exciting. Set in a world gently different from ours, this thriller explores the nature of aging in society, within the context of a thriller that places two ordinary people in a race against time that culminates in a remote boundary land.


"[I]n essence a mystery, . . . its SF trappings give it . . . genre-blending appeal. The novel delivers a fascinating exploration of an intriguing question: When death becomes not only inevitable, but something we can plan for years in advance, does it lose its power to terrify, or, alternately, does the known end date carry its own kind of terror? A smart and expertly written story."  —David Pitt, Booklist

"A gripping psychological thriller with intriguing science fiction elements . . . Sometimes moody and atmospheric, at other times pulse-pounding, Conclusion is a slim title that packs an emotional punch."  —Angela McQuay, Foreword Reviews

"[U]nique thinking mystery/detective book that lets readers ponder what it means to play God with the hope that those in charge know what they're doing. The book ended spectacularly with lots of surprises. [G]reat . . . for those who like their mystery with a tinge of sci-fi."  —Andrienne Cruz, librarian at the Azusa City Library, Azusa, California, and member of the LibraryReads board

Author Biography

Peter Robertson was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has been a book reviewer for daily papers and magazines, stay-at-home dad, soccer coach, university student, and elementary and middle school teacher. He is the author of Colorblind, Mission, and Permafrost. He lives in Chicago.