Recommended novel: Breath of Death, by Saad Shafqat

Click to buy from Amazon.On one level, this is a well-composed thriller that thrusts medical researchers into a race against a bio-terrorist. On another, it’s an exploration of the challenges that scientists face in Pakistan – and the discrimination they can face when they attempt to collaborate with their peers in America.

An exciting story by a talented Pakistani author who grasps the cultural and financial divides that hold science in the East asunder from that in the West.

John Upton