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2023 Winner - American Fiction Award for Medical Thrillers

2023 NYC Big Book Award
Distinguished Favorite for Medical Mystery/Thriller

"A must read . . . thrilling and suspenseful" - Reedsy Discovery

"...Sam Polakoff hits a home run with this engrossing...thriller."  - The Book Commentary


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After being suspended from his job as a police detective, Dave Ostrinsky, needing a respite from his stress-filled life, rides his bike along a mountain trail and accidentally goes over a dangerous cliff. During emergency surgery, Dr. Ivy McDermott discovers a strange microdot in Ostrinsky's brain.

In researching the mysterious growth, Dave and Ivy are shocked to discover a conspiracy guided by criminals’ intent to control a programmable public.

An Inch from Oblivion is the harrowing journey of one man's accidental encounter with a secret so disturbing, you will be compelled to reexamine your every move.

What Readers Are Saying

…one of the best books I've read in a long time.”

“It has intrigue and mystery interspersed with the hope for love and historical connections.”

“This book again illustrated the author's unique capability in mixing technologies with human vulnerabilities to unveil an intriguing story.”

“The combination of technology and psychology keeps the reader turning each page with interest and anticipation.”

“I practically finished it in one sitting because I was so engrossed.”

“I literally did not want to put it down and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it.”

“I really enjoyed this book. It featured a return of a villain we love to hate. Unpredictable ending.”

“Another jewel from Sam Polakoff.”

“As a former Baltimore cop, I was skeptical of a book featuring the main character as a Baltimore police detective, Mr. Polakoff, however, nailed it! The story is a great read-a real page turner. The police policies and dialog were very convincing.”

“You can't help but want to know what happens next…”

“…one of the best books I’ve read this year.”

“Polakoff delivers yet again… and in a powerful way!”

“I have read all of Mr. Polakoff's thrillers and, like all of the others, this one grabs you in the beginning and holds you to the end.”

An Inch from Oblivion is available exclusively at in paper and e-book formats.

© 2023 Samuel R. Polakoff, Komodo Dragon, LLC. All rights reserved.

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