One week before receiving his Ph.D. in pharmacology, Ben Candidi is offered a high-paying, four-day consulting job. Ben will consult for Brian Broadmoore, M.D., a Boston biomedical venture capitalist who has come to Miami on business. Dr. Broadmoore has bought an option to purchase BIOTECH, a Miami-based biotechnology company. BIOTECH has patents on three compounds from sponge extracts that show promise as a cure for cancer.
BIOTECH's price is $20 million. Dr. Broadmoore's option to purchase will run out in four days. He will pay Ben $24,000 to visit BIOTECH and check out their scientific claims. Ben goes to work. After auditing BIOTECH's records for one day, he confirms dramatic tumor shrinkage in animals. And the patents check out. Everything checks out except for BIOTECH's key personnel. The president is a gruff-mannered construction tycoon. The head scientist dresses like a f! ashion model and has an attitude to match. And BIOTECH's inventor is as helpful as a bad guy in a karate movie.
On the second day of the job, Ben wonders why Dr. Broadmoore hired him on such short notice. And what happened to Ben's predecessor? And why won't Dr. Broadmoore give him a straight answer? On the third day, Ben is caught in a web of murder and high-stakes intrigue. Dirk Wyle describes a high-tech, multi-player gamble to transform a $50,000 discovery into a $200-million stock offering. He takes the reader on an exciting treasure-hunt in uncharted territory between the lab bench, clinic, patent office, and executive suite.
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An exciting tale of murder and mayhem generated by the greed of the pharmaceutical industry....As the tale unfolds the reader learns a great deal about the workings of basic and applied pharmaceutical research, the patenting process, and escort services available in Miami. The book is technically accurate and exciting.
(Ronald K. Wright, MD, JD, Chief Medical Examiner Emeritus, Broward County, FL)
Fun reading....The characters are very well drawn. One quickly conjures up an image of each....The Oxford/Cambridge pathologist and the video gadgeteer are welcomed when the reappear...[in the second novel].
(Stephen J. Morris, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City)
Dirk Wyle has woven often overlooked but important aspects of patent law into a due diligence investigation overlaid with murder. Time is always of the essence in such investigations and facing a deadline Ben Candidi is prodded to winkel facts from unwilling sources to provide his expertise, adding tension to the analysis. I particularly enjoyed Candidi's ability to take a snippet of information related only to patent law and base a significant portion of his investigation on it.
(Arthur R. Crawford, Esq., Patent Attorney, Nixon & Vanderhye PC, Arlington, VA)
Science and exotic murders combine with America's favorite Gen-X detective to offer a perfect read for the educated mystery lover curious about the biotech industry. Highly recommended. Another movie script prospect.
(Arno F. Spatola, Ph.D., Pres. & CEO, Peptides International, Louisville, KY)
Great characters, good logic and memorable twists.
(Tom Gasiewicz, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester)
Nifty, light-hearted and deadly.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fun quick read. The hero, soon-to-be-Dr. Ben Candidi, investigates a biotech startup to help his client decide whether or not to buy it. The broad strokes of the story are fairly predictable, especially after the prologue, but the charming narrative details carry it through.
This is a unique read. It starts off as a business deal and then turns serious. A real mystery. And it isn't just a lot of Agatha Christy stuff. I't about bio-technology and stock offerings. I liked the hero, Ben Candidi.
In his first sequel novel, Dirk Wyle has again done an excellent job of combining his specialized expertise in pharmacology with a well-crafted plot. Protagonist Ben Candide learns, little-by-little, that what at first appears to have been a natural death was in fact a calculated murder. The novel is suspenseful, well-paced, and entertaining, and I highly recommend it.
Dirk Wyle carefully mixes his reservoir of scientific knowledge with the intrigue and suspense of great stories. Ben Candidi has become an old friend. We look forward to joining him in future, exciting forensic adventures.