The Genesis Code

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In a remote hill town in Italy, a renowned scientist enters the confessional. A dying man, he pours out the secret that has consumed his life for years - a sin of such magnitude that the shocked priest refuses him absolution.

In a suburb of Washington DC, Joe Lassiter's only sister and her young son have been killed in a sudden fire that engulfs their home. The police believe it was arson; they soon discover that mother and child were brutally ...

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Overview

In a remote hill town in Italy, a renowned scientist enters the confessional. A dying man, he pours out the secret that has consumed his life for years - a sin of such magnitude that the shocked priest refuses him absolution.

In a suburb of Washington DC, Joe Lassiter's only sister and her young son have been killed in a sudden fire that engulfs their home. The police believe it was arson; they soon discover that mother and child were brutally murdered before the blaze was set.

As Lassiter tries to find out why they were killed, he comes to believe others may have been murdered in similar fashion. And still more people may die if he cannot discover the elusive connection that links the innocent victims together.

Like the New York Times bestseller The Fourth Protocol, this fast-paced, suspense-filled fiction debut takes medical technology one shocking step farther. Joe Lassiter must make the connection between a devastating secret revealed to a priest by a scientist in Italy and the arson-related deaths of his sister and nephew--before more deaths occur. 448 pp. National media publicity. Print ads. 125,000 print. (Espionage/Thriller)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After hearing the confession of a renowned scientist who is now dying, the pastor of a remote parish in the Umbrian region of Italy rushes to Rome to alert the Vatican powers of an unspeakable sin. Within months, Joe Lassiter, a D.C.-area detective, learns of the brutal deaths of his sister, Kathy, and her toddler son, Brandon, in a mysterious fire in their home in suburban Burke, Va., in which an unknown Italian arsonist was also horribly burned. While Joe and the D.C. police keep watch on the burn victim, Brandon's body is dug from its grave and set afire again. After this horror, Joe discovers that Kathy and Brandon were only two of 34 victims worldwide, all mothers and toddler boys, killed in their beds and then burned beyond recognition. They were all connected through an Umbrian fertility clinic run by a scientist and theologian who, not unexpectedly, is himself now dead, his clinic a pile of ashes. At the center of this international carnage looms Umbra Domini, Shadow of the Lord, an ultra-secret Roman Catholic fraternity. At great risk, Joe sets out to save the one woman and child who have so far escaped Umbra's reach and in doing so discovers the staggering truth about these slaughtered innocents. Case, an investigative reporter, writes with intelligence and flair. He has built a first-rate thriller with an astonishingly timely revelation that's well worth staying up late for. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Joe Lassiter is devastated when his sister Kathy and her young son Brandon are brutally murdered and the killer escapes from a guarded hospital room. Joe, who owns a transnational investigative firm, takes on the case himself. The trail leads him to a conservative Roman Catholic order, a genetics researcher turned medical doctor, a fertility clinic, and a priest in an Italian mountain village before he discovers the reason for the deaths of Kathy, Brandon, and others. After repeated attempts on his life, Joe finds a reclusive former actress with whom he will face the final showdown. An intriguing premise, diverse European locales, and lots of nail-biting action make this a compelling thriller. Dick Hill's narration is emotionally expressive and well paced; he handles a variety of European accents with ease. Listeners will find it hard to turn off this production. Recommended for all fiction collections.Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, N.C.
School Library Journal
YAThe action in this suspenseful novel shifts from a picturesque hill town in Italy, to the streets of Rome, to a suburb of Washington, DC, and finally to its climax on a remote island in Maine. Joe Lassiter takes a leave of absence from his high-tech investigation agency to search for the murderer of his only sister and her son. He soon finds himself analyzing a string of other unsolved murders of mothers and their young sons, all of whom stayed at a fertility clinic in Italy. A physician renowned for his success at artificial insemination, a rural priest with a terrible secret revealed in confession, and the charismatic leader of a conservative Catholic organization all provide clues that lead Joe to the one person who can help him solve the mystery. This fast-paced thriller will draw YAs into some interesting questions concerning the use of DNA material and the ethics of genetic engineering, and will provide them with fascinating insights into the uses of modern investigative techniques.Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469238524
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 569,876
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Case is the bestselling author of The Genesis Code, The First Horseman, The Syndrome, The Eighth Day, and The Murder Artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2007

    Action, Suspense, Mystery,...Amazing

    I am only a sophomore in high school and I absolutely adored reading this suspenseful novel. Although I did figure out what was happening early on, this book has great foreshadowing and will keep you pulled in like a magnet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    Caught off guard...

    I'd never heard of John Case before this book, I'm glad i took the chance on buying a book by an author I had no idea about. The book started out slow, but he hooks you in by giving you teasing tastes of the larger plot. I couldn't put it down. Excellant read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    Entertaining but predictable

    About halfway through the book you've figured out the ending, which is frustrating. I kept reading to find out if the author was going to add a twist, but was ultimately dissapointed that I was correct.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    Genesis Code

    This book is really good. It does tend to get slow in some places..that's the only thing I didn't like. You would NEVER guess what happens in the end. It really was a great ending. This book makes you think and is great for just about anyone. Except teenagers, I am one myself, but I'm not sure others would like it as well as myself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    THOUGHT PROVOKING

    This book was so good that I read it all in one day. I couldn't put it down. It keeps twisting, turning, and just when you think you know the end it changes on you. I never would have guessed what the ending really was. If you like science fiction thrillers this is the next one to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Not what I thought it was

    I thought this book was the basis for the movie of the same name. It is not. Although it was a good read, it was not what I thought it was and informed it was.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

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    Thought-provoking grabber of a book

    Joe Lassiter is a very rich man who is in the business of protecting people. His sister and nephew are discovered dead in their home, which has been torched. A man who was severely burned in the home is the apparent killer and arsonist. It's didscovered that the boy and his mother were killed first before the fire. While the arsonist is in the hospital the boy's body is exhumed and re-burned.

    Joe goes in search of answers to why they were killed and who is involved. He learns a lot about a small group within the Catholic church. He also learns a lot about DNA. Interesting. A page turner for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    An interesting novel

    While sometimes a bit slow, the book makes up for it with extremely believable characters. The 'surprise ending' was a bit of a let down - I figured it out about a quarter of the way through the book. But for the most part, it was definitely a worthwhile read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    Ok Read....But

    He took to long to inform on and resolve the 'mystery'. The ending in turn was ok, but a let down. You can kind of figure out where the author is going early. I did like the main character/hero. He was made believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    What a page turner

    Amazing. I think only twice in this book did I feel that it was a little slow. Oh but it was so worth it in the end. I was completly shocked. What a great and surprising ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2003

    Excellent - this book is a must read!

    A winner!! You wouldn't even mind that it started out a tad slow. This would make a great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    Edge of your seat reading!

    I am not one to read many books, but I picked this one up and finished it in only 3 days! It was simply amazing. Case keeps you reading throughout the entire book. Although it may cause controversy in some reader's minds, the plot is definately one of great concern! Anyone who has any interest in the area of genetics/biology should read this! I know, from my own experience, that it made me choose my major in school!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Excellent Book! Must Read

    The book starts out a little slow, but quickly picks up speed and by the end, I could not put it down. Lots of suspense and intrigue. I would have to give Case a thumbs up for originality. Definitely a winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2000

    Genesis Code has it all

    John Case has written a masterpiece. The GENESIS CODE has it all. Action, mystery, and a whole lot of suspense. If you love thrillers, you'll love THE GENESIS CODE. I know I did!

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