The Sacrificial Man

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What I want to say is that suicide is my choice. No-one else is to blame. Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime: Will you help me to die?

When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend a sentence. Alice insists her story is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyze their own lives. Who is to decide what is normal, and when does loyalty turn to obsession? Investigating the loophole that lies between murder and euthanasia, Cate must now meet the woman who agreed to comply with her lover’s final request. Shocking revelations expose bitter truths that can no longer be ignored.


Ruth Dugdall studied a BA (Hons) degree in English and theatre studies at Warwick University, and then an MA is social work at UEA. She worked as a Probation Officer for almost a decade, working in prisons with numerous high-risk criminals. She is the author of The Woman Before Me, and is the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger and the Luke Bitmead Bursary, and has been shortlisted for the New Angle Book Prize and People's Book Prize.