A missing girl. Gun toting gangsters. Corrupt coppers. It's all in a day's work for Jerome Cardinal, Sydney's newest private investigator. When Amy Davenport is reported missing by her mother, Cardinal takes the job expecting to follow a truant teenager. As he tracks her down, he is catapulted down one girl's dangerous descent into the seedy underbelly of Sydney's drug scene and violent gangland. Crossing paths with drug addled fiends and trigger happy gangsters, as well as questionable police, Cardinal has to rely on his street smarts, fearlessness and a sense of humour to get to the bottom of this mystery in one piece. The Jerome Cardinal private investigator series A former federal police officer, Jerome Cardinal is toiling away in the sometime exciting but often dull world of private investigations. With a laid back optimism, he's too young to be crusty and jaded, and lives for the opportunity to solve that next challenging case. Living on his wits since he left the force, he squats at the luxurious house of a best friend while he runs his fledging PI business in a pokey Surry Hills studio. The latest addition to the Australian crime and mystery thriller series, fans of Cliff Hardy and Jack Irish will appreciate Jerome Cardinal as the newest upstart in the Australian private detective fiction world.
At the turn of the century it is appropriate to take stock of this relatively young but rapidly developing subject. For the first time, this book brings together information on the status of obstetric regional analgesia in many parts of the globe, and on the intriguing variability of maternal attitudes towards it. Advances in the field over the last decade in new applications, new drugs and techniques and new research tools are also reviewed. Controversial topics such as the effects of regional analgesia on the progress of and outcome of labour, the indications, contraindications and complications, and the place of regional anaesthesia for operative delivery are discussed by numerous experts in the field. The problem of consent and medicolegal aspects are also addressed. Regional Analgesia in Obstetrics should be read by all those involved in the medical care of women in childbirth. Professor Felicity Reynolds is Emeritus Professor of Obstetric Anaesthesia, St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK.