The Genesis Code

The Genesis Code

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by John Case, Dick Hill
     
 

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Great reading right to the very end. -- starred, Publishers Weekly

Joe Lassiter awakens to the news that his sister and her young son have died in a fire. But the fire was no accident. The two were brutally slain in their beds before the fire was set. Lassiter heads a thriving high-tech investigative agency in D.C., and whoever killed his last living…  See more details below

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Great reading right to the very end. -- starred, Publishers Weekly

Joe Lassiter awakens to the news that his sister and her young son have died in a fire. But the fire was no accident. The two were brutally slain in their beds before the fire was set. Lassiter heads a thriving high-tech investigative agency in D.C., and whoever killed his last living relatives provoked the wrong man. Lassiter has seen plenty in his career, but nothing to compare with the conspiracy that he's beginning to unravel about a secret so powerful it could alter the course of Western civilization.

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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:
9781561007530
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 7.04(h) x 1.72(d)

What People are saying about this

Lorenzo Carcaterra
"The Genesis Code is a non-stop, eye-shut, heart-clutcher of a ride. Mixing sharp dialogue with vivid settings and a plot that just won't quit, John Case has delivered a thriller for all seasons."
Norman Mailer
"The Genesis Code is one of the few science-mysteries I have read that is impeccable in plot, immaculate in story resolution and moves with high skill from locale to locale and from suspense to suspense. What a very good, virtuoso read!"

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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Genesis Code 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exceptional mystery.  I bought the book ages ago at a Barnes & Noble store.   Needed something to read and pick this out.  Glad I did.  It has a lot of twists and turns. A real page turner, can't wait to get back and read more.  The ending was great.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A winner!! You wouldn't even mind that it started out a tad slow. This would make a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.