A scientist’s miraculous discovery pits him against a multinational drug company in a fight for his life

Richard Parnell is one of the leading minds in gene therapy research, and he expects the job at Dubette, Inc., to be his first step to a Nobel Prize. But when he arrives at the American ...
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A scientist’s miraculous discovery pits him against a multinational drug company in a fight for his life

Richard Parnell is one of the leading minds in gene therapy research, and he expects the job at Dubette, Inc., to be his first step to a Nobel Prize. But when he arrives at the American pharmaceutical giant, he finds himself shut out of the main avenues of research, isolated from the cutting edge in a way he has never been before.
To force his way into the inner circle, he must forgo ethics. By testing a new gene therapy on human subjects, Parnell hits upon something miraculous. A shot from his syringe makes AIDS victims recover and tumors disappear. The corporate heads at Dubette are thrilled, and rush Parnell’s brilliant discovery to market. But what is he to do when he learns that, far from being a miracle cure, his breakthrough may actually be a recipe for certain death?
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Brian Freemantle including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

A terrifying medical thriller
Geneticist Richard Parnell is researching genetic treatments to fight the world's most dangerous diseases. Navigating his way through the internal politics of the US drugs company that employs him, Parnell discovers it is engaged in dealings that could endanger the lives of millions. But the money men are reluctant for the story to get out, and soon it seems Parnell's own life may be in danger . . .

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Man vs. the pharmacogenomics machine. Headhunters have lured dashing young scientist Richard Parnell-brilliant, charismatic and just arrogant enough to invite hubris-from England to become a rising star (read: profit-maker) at mighty Dubette, Inc., the humongous drug company. He's to lead Dubette's global genome project, aimed at converting human DNA research into product. A complex job, one that brings him into early confrontation with spiderish Dwight Newton, his boss. Newton likes it when underlings cringe, a view shared by his own boss, Edward C. Grant, Dubette's Napoleonic president. Viewed originally as a potential cringer-isn't everybody?-Parnell disappoints, then seriously annoys. Still, with reasonable caution, he picks his way through Dubette's bureaucratic minefield. After all, he wants to do big science and has no real objection to getting rich; it's just that, at the same time, he refuses to imperil bedrock principles, a position that causes an attractive Dubette researcher to become his ally. Though Rebecca Lang describes herself as very "back of the bus" in Dubette terms, Parnell welcomes her support-and, before long, finds himself welcome in her bed. They decide to live together, a plan horrifically terminated by Rebecca's murder. Police believe her car was deliberately rear-ended and forced off the road into a deep plunge. Police further believe-supported by certain forensic evidence-that it was Parnell's car that did the forcing. They posit a deadly resolution to a violent lovers' quarrel. Parnell is arrested, cuffed and jailed: shocks brutal enough to crush the spirit of a lesser man. In Parnell's DNA, however, there is sterner stuff, and he vows to unmask Rebecca'skiller, or what's a scientific method for? It's the ethicists squaring off against the moneychangers in a bristling, absorbing thriller. After 30-plus novels, Freemantle (The Holmes Inheritance, 2004, etc.), one of the genre's best pure storytellers, remains at the top of his game.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453226612
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 589,681
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Freemantle (b. 1936) is one of Britain’s most acclaimed authors of spy fiction. His novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide. Born in Southampton, Freemantle entered his career as a journalist, and began writing espionage thrillers in the late 1960s. Charlie M (1977) introduced the world to Charlie Muffin and won Freemantle international recognition. He would go on to publish fourteen titles in the series.
 Freemantle has written dozens of other novels, including two featuring Sebastian Holmes, an illegitimate son of Sherlock Holmes, and the Cowley and Danilov series, about an American FBI agent and a Russian militia detective who work together to combat organized crime in the post–Cold War world. Freemantle lives and works in London, England.
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