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by Robert J. Sawyer
     
 

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Geneticist Pierre Tardivel may not have long to live--he's got a fifty-fifty chance of having the gene for Huntington's disease. But if his DNA is tragic, his girlfriend's is astonishing: Molly Bond has a mutation that gives her telepathy. Both of them have attracted the interest of Pierre's boss, Dr. Burian Klimus, a senior researcher in the Human Genome

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Geneticist Pierre Tardivel may not have long to live--he's got a fifty-fifty chance of having the gene for Huntington's disease. But if his DNA is tragic, his girlfriend's is astonishing: Molly Bond has a mutation that gives her telepathy. Both of them have attracted the interest of Pierre's boss, Dr. Burian Klimus, a senior researcher in the Human Genome Project who just might be hiding a horrific past. Avi Meyer, a dogged Nazi hunter, thinks Klimus was the monstrous "Ivan the Terrible" of the Treblinka Death Camp. As Pierre races against the ticking clock of his own DNA to make a world-changing scientific breakthrough, Avi also races against time to bring Klimus to justice before the last survivors of Treblinka pass away.

Winner of the Seiun Award--Japan's top honor in science fiction--and a finalist for the Hugo Award, Frameshift is classic Robert J. Sawyer, combining a heart-wrenching human story and cutting-edge science into a pulse-pounding thriller that "delivers the real thing with subtlety and great skill" (Toronto Star).

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Another near-future science-fictional thriller from Ontario resident Sawyer (the 1995 Nebula Awardwinning author of The Terminal Experiment, not reviewed). French-Canadian molecular biologist Pierre Tardivel does research for the Human Genome Project in California—and has a 50-50 chance of dying of the incurable genetic Huntington's disease. His girlfriend, psychologist Molly Bond, is a short-range telepath; so when Pierre narrowly escapes being murdered, Molly knows the knife-wielder had in fact been paid to kill Pierre. But why? Well, Pierre discovers that other clients of Condor, his health insurance company, are being eliminated—clients with potentially expensive health problems. Molly, meanwhile, unable to conceive normally, agrees to an IVF procedure conducted free of charge by Pierre's boss, the Nobel laureate Burian Klimus—but he impregnates her with genes extracted from a Neanderthal's bones! Worse still, after a visit from Avi Meyer of the Justice Department, Pierre wonders whether Klimus might be the infamous Ivan the Terrible, of the Treblinka extermination camp!

Conspicuously overplotted and unwieldy—the whole Ivan the Terrible subplot would have been better eliminated—but exciting and engrossing, if increasingly improbable.

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ISBN-13:
9780765313164
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,286,179
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.78(d)

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