When Erik Torvald, a licensed digger of geoduck clams, is found unconscious and dying of a massive dose of red tide toxin, Peyton McKean is called upon to use his prodigious intellect and his biotechnological genius to solve an unprecedented mystery. Did Torvald die of a surfeit of clams or, given the impossibly huge quantities of toxin in his bloodstream, was he poisoned? If so, how? And by whom? Peyton McKean and his pal Fin Morton pursue the matter along a twisted path of clues and suspicious characters. Was it the Native American shaman with a grudge against modern culture? Or was it another geoduck fisherman with ties to criminals and drug dealers? McKean pursues the case, but along the way someone begins to pursue him. Will he solve the mystery or become the next victim of the Blood Tide?
About the Author
Thomas P. Hopp is an award-winning writer of science fiction, mystery, and thriller books and stories. He is an active member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Before starting his writing career, Dr. Hopp studied protein chemistry at Cornell Medical College and genetic engineering at Rockefeller University. He helped found the multi-billion-dollar Seattle biotechnology company, Immunex Corporation. He discovered and patented genes for powerful immune stimulating hormones and advised the team that created Immunex's blockbuster arthritis drug Enbrel. Tom invented the first commercially successful nanotechnology device, a molecular handle called the Flag epitope that is now used in laboratories around the world to study every major disease of mankind. He also worked with paleontologist Jack Horner, excavating bones of the nest-building duckbilled dinosaur Maiasaura. He published scientific articles on his brooding-to-flight hypothesis, in which wing feathers of birds developed first for nesting and then for flying. He plays guitar and bass, and has performed onstage with blues legend John Lee Hooker and rock super-groups The Kingsmen and The Drifters. He has lived in San Diego and on Manhattan Island, but now lives near Seattle.