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Immunity by Lori Andrews

One bizarre death is just that—-a death. Two? Could be a coincidence. But in Lori Andrews’s latest thriller, geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake discovers something much more dangerous than a killer—-an epidemic.

Taking a break from decoding the genetic sequence of a tropical disease, Alex takes on an investigation into the gruesome and unexplained death of a DEA agent on a mob stakeout in New Mexico. Within hours, she uncovers similar deaths throughout the Southwest. Is it a naturally occurring epidemic or has a lethal bioweapon been released in the United States?

With the nation’s attention focused on a provocative presidential race, Alex’s attempts to warn Homeland Security fail. Only with the help of a rogue DEA agent and a cutting-edge supercomputer will she and the rest of her team at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology stand a chance of putting an end to the devastation before public hysteria rages out of control.

From Alex’s lab to the closed rooms of a killer’s mind, Immunity maps the perfect sequence for an infectious, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312352721
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Dr. Alexandra Blake Novels Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

LORI ANDREWS, a frequent guest on Nightline, 60 Minutes, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, is a lawyer and expert on genetics, called in by groups ranging from the French Parliament to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She’s taught at Princeton and Chicago-Kent College of Law, written for a television legal drama, and published ten nonfiction books. The American Bar Association Journal describes her as “a lawyer with a literary bent who has the scientific chops to rival any CSI investigator.”

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DEA Agents Ted Silliman and Castro Baxter are part of a joint workforce with the Las Vegas Police Department investigating the use of the date rape drug ¿J¿ the victims end up in many cases mutilated and dead. Evidence leads to the Fantasy Resort owned by septuagenarian Frankie ¿The Bayonet¿ DiBondi, but it makes no sense for him to deal with an illegal relatively minor remittance when his legal brothel brings in a million declared dollars a month and who knows how much of the profit iceberg remains beneath the surface. Still they follow DiBondi onto an Indian Reservation when Ted suddenly goes into convulsions and dies. The official response is an overdose of cocaine, but Castro rejects it as inane because he knew his partner and knows what a cocaine death looks like. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Dr. Alex Blake conducts an autopsy and agrees with Castro. She believes Simmons died from his body violently reacting with a hyper-immune response. Soon afterward his corpse disappears and DEA grabs the autopsy results and all related information to the Simmons¿ death. Teaming up with Castro, Alex learns of eight other identical deaths on that same night that all tie back to a fountain in a Taos, New Mexico public square. Based on unnamed government sources the media blames Native American radical rights group Red Rights for introducing a new ¿silent assassin¿ disease into the drinking water as a widening epidemic seems imminent with new deaths shockingly Homeland Security chief Martin Kincade demands Blake and Castro back down or else. --- This exhilarating conspiratorial thriller will grip readers with the opening prologue when the seemingly healthy but tired Silliman suddenly convulses. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action and strong characters (including the lead duo) with personal agendas these protagonists represent real groups goals such as denoting Native American issues and signifying Homeland Security leaderships¿ self interest goals. Readers will enjoy the latest AFIP adventure. --- Harriet Klausner