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Peter Tinits MD

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Dying Medium Press



A CAUSE and MANNER is a medical noir thriller featuring physicians behaving badly. Matthias Kork is an anesthesiologist at a Canadian community hospital. There is tension in the operating room between Matt and an elitist surgeon, Angelo Amodeo. There is also tension between Matt and his wife, whom he suspects of having an affair. Her boyfriend dies in what looks like a staged suicide. Angelo disappears next. Matt is either responsible for these events or wished for them hard enough.

Matt is also the local coroner and is assigned to investigate the boyfriend's death. Despite the obvious conflict of interest, he accepts the case and brings in a verdict of suicide. The decedent's family launches a wrongful death lawsuit. At the hearing, their lawyer is on the verge of discovering the love affair that would have given Matt a motive for murder. He admits to all the allegations against him to bring the proceedings to a close. This by no means confirms his guilt.

Watch for the sequel, An UNDETERMINED MANNER of DEATHin April 2023! 

Advance Praise for An Undetermined Manner of Death


Bloody goodSebringville Star

Very nice, operating room banter too salty —Mennonite Gazette

You have to read this one. Very fucking nice —Mitchell Times

Wowie!  A most entertaining medical mystery/crime fiction —South Asia Medical Post

It changed my life again —13th Dalai Lama

Strong writing, if you like that kind of thing —Charles Hamilton, Hamilton House, Stratford ON's finest B&B. We are standing by to take your bookings.

Pretty darn good —Nijole Tinits

Passable second effort —Lila Cook, Nijole's sister

Not that bad —Peterborough Anarchists Motorcycle Club

I liked the hockey chapter —Father O'Brien, Coach, Coventry Minor Bantam Hockey

No blood or blood products —The Watchtower

I would rather have another root canal —Mark Straus DDS

I'm still a better writer —Hawthorne Didier

It's no Tevye —Yale Erenberg MD

More smut and filth —Smith Falls Literary Review


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Peter Tinits is a Canadian medical doctor who has practiced as an emergency physician, anesthesiologist and coroner. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto, followed by postgraduate training in Auckland, New Zealand and specialization in Ottawa. He has traveled widely, occasionally using his backup, Estonian passport. A CAUSE and MANNER was his debut novel. It was inspired by the noir fiction of Hammett, Chandler and MacDonald, and his own demons. His protagonist Matthias Kork is named for his father who wrote under the pen name of Arvi Kork. Peter lives with his wife in Ontario, Canada.


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