Scientist Artie Marshall is perpetually underfunded, relegated to a damp basement, and besieged on all sides by sexist colleagues. Added to that, she is immersed in a messy divorce. But she’s never been happier: she recently landed her own lab, based in an eclectic think-tank housed in the leafy suburbs of North London.
Artie spends her days studying an obscure cat virus that nobody else in the world seems to have heard of – or cares about. But her arcane little research problem suddenly becomes worryingly relevant as local cats start dropping dead overnight. Matters get worse when people start getting infected too.
Working with her right-hand man Mark, her vet friends and her street-smart technician, Artie races to get to the bottom of the ballooning epidemic. Unexpected assistance arrives in the form of two basement-dwelling mathematicians – a sociopathic recluse and his scary, otherworldly savant mentor. When their mathematical models suggest that the cat plague might actually be more sinister than it first appears, Artie gets drawn into a web of secrets and lies that threatens to blow apart her lab family, undermine her sanity – and endanger her own life.
Advance praise for Cat Zero:
"Absolutely gripping. A fast-paced story that opens the lid on the secret world of the laboratory and shows us what scientists are really like - as human and fallible as the rest of us." – Pippa Goldschmidt, author of The Falling Sky and The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space
"This book purrs. It does that thing that cats do, ‘playing’ with their toy, gently poking at it, softly lobbing it in the air, then, eventually, lunging. I’d recommend it for those who’d like the interplay of scientific lives, permeated with motives and mystery." – Grant Jacobs, Code For Life
"[T]he final chapters are absolute emotional roller coasters. I could not put the book down. I had to know how it ended. But I am not telling. You will have to find out for yourself. I give it five purrs and two paws up." – Susan Johnston, Goodreads
"It's not often that I am so into a story that I can't put it down but that quickly happened with this story." – T.D. Crawls, Goodreads
"Jennifer Rohn creates suspense with ease. As the characters race to solve the problem at hand, I found myself loving the book more. Death, danger, and intrigue. All wrapped up into a great read." – Danielle Urban, Goodreads
"Believable science, complicated human interaction and a bit of love intertwine in this fantastic and entertaining novel." – Dr Sooze C., NetGalley reviewer