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Product Details

  • Series: Ben Candidi Mysteries
  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Rainbow Books (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568250452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568250458
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,404,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Narrator Ben Candidi, almost a doctor of pharmacology, jumps at the chance to serve as highly paid consultant to an investor in medical technology. The Miami-based outfit Ben must investigate seems quite adept at subverting his efforts to gather crucial information. Despite his Mensa-level intelligence, Ben often displays a Watson-in-the-presence-of-Sherlock mentality until the plot, proceeding from one dry scene fraught with scientific jargon and paper shuffling to the next, finally results in murder. Of possible regional interest.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Dirk Wyle (nom de plume) is a 30-year veteran of biomedical science and longtime resident of Miami. His novels deal with the why's and how's of crime involving biomedical scientists and physicians. Considering guns and bullets to be overused devices, he gives literary preference to methods that could fool even a coroner.

His free-spirited protagonist, Ben Candidi, accepts the dual challenge of finding the murderer and discovering what made him do it in the first place. Dirk's interests also include the South Florida waters, technology's business applications of science, multiculturalism -- and the telling of a good story. He has received the icon Award from the National Writers Association (S. FL Chapter), he is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and his first mystery novel, Pharmacology Is Murder, was selected as the Best First Mystery of 1998 by Joe's Detective Pages. Dirk invites your visit his web site. He is hard at work on two more Ben ! Candidi mysteries.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dirk Wyle follows up his 1998 Best First Mystery Pharmacology is Murder with Biotechnology Is Murder. With his more than 30 year experience in Biomedical Science and his considerable knowledge in the areas of psychology, business, science, and writing, he is a sure winner. His character Ben Candidi is just finishing his Ph.D., but Ben packs more punch per square inch than most veteran detectives.
A pharmacology student and Mensa activist, Ben Candidi is tapped for a 4-day consulting job, guaranteed to generate $24,000 to check scientific claims by a company called BIOTECH. Ben quickly learns that: there is a legitimate product that can shrink tumors in rats, but it has not been tested in humans. The group that Ben is supposed to work with function on a "need to know" basis only, and communicate little. Ben's predecessor disappeared, and no one is talking. When Ben tries to communicate with the inventor of the product, Dr. Moon, he is met with an uncooperative, paranoid little man who refuses to give out information:
"What was I to make of this posturing? It was straight out of a B-grade karate flick. He was treating me like an intruder who had pissed on the floor of his "dojo." Is this the way he had treated my predecessor, Dr. Yang? Had he killed him with a sucker chop to the neck? Was he fermenting Yang's flesh in the back room? The thought must have made me smile again, since Dr. Moon's eyes were now flashing angry."
Mr. Wyle knows his stuff in the biotechnology area, and he has Ben take the reader though an incredibly intricate maze of information in a straightforward manner. Ben is a delightful character, being all too human for his amazing intellectual capacity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Micaela on February 10, 2000
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The story begins in a spirit of academic adventure and winds up like a hard boiled detective novel. I was rooting for Ben Candidi all the way. The novel was hard to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Schultz on February 4, 2000
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How excited I was to find Dirk Wyle's second book is now available. This one is even better than the first elegant science mystery! Now Ben investigates a get rich quick cure for cancer surrounded by girls, boats, South Florida, mystery and greed. Dirk Wyle has hit his stride in this novel. In the closing chapters, hero Ben develops the daring of 007.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Miki Hayden, author of Writing the Mystery (Intrigue Press) on February 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
There's simply something special about Ben Candidi. I found this out while reading the first book and now I must report that book number 2 doesn't disappoint. Ben is not only good--he's great--unassuming but completely capable. He always knows how to handle a situation.
The science here is interesting, but not daunting, while the business of science is etched clearly and fascinatingly.
Oh yes, the mystery! Wyle breaks a lot of the rules, which makes this one fresh! Thank heavens. The setting, situation, and characters all work. Best of all is the way the author can describe anything and everything right down to a "t." Highly enjoyable.
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By A Customer on February 8, 2000
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How excited I was to find Dirk Wyle's second book is now available. This one is even better than the first elegant science mystery! Now Ben investigates a get rich quick cure for cancer surrounded by girls, boats, South Florida, mystery and greed. In the closing chapters, Ben develops the daring of 007. Dirk Wyle has hit his stride in this novel. Don't take my word for it, check out the excerpts on the author's web site.
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More About the Author

"Wyle has given the hard-boiled thriller a scientific twist, making his novels pleasing for both their intrigue and their intellect." -- Booklist review of Amazon Gold, the fourth book in the Ben Candidi Series.

Dirk Wyle believes there are no stone walls separating the realms of popular science, serious literature, formal mystery and cliff-handing suspense. Thus his stories play out in all four arenas. Literary inspiration is a product of his lifelong habit of late-night reading. His interest in mystery and hard-boiled showdowns was kindled by an adolescent admiration of Perry Mason and "a man called Paladin." The scientific twists in his stories come from his professional life, which included a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania; three years of postdoctoral work in Germany; 30 years as a medical school professor and researcher; and the filing of patents and founding of companies (Miami, Google Duncan H. Haynes).

His quick-witted protagonist, Ben Candidi, accepts "straightforward" scientific projects with a ton of idealism, an appraising eye, and a candid desire to share the full experience with the reader. But the projects quickly turn perplexing, then mysterious and sinister. And they usually leave Ben fighting for his life. Soul mate Rebecca Levis, MD, who is often out of the country on world health projects, was spared the moral danger in Ben's second and third adventures. But not so in the fourth one, where she lets Ben tag along on her humanitarian medical expedition to the Amazon rain forest. A non-working vacation can also turn dangerous for the couple, when they come across a sinking yacht while on a sailing in the Bahamas.

Like his protagonists Ben and Rebecca, Dirk Wyle does not regard work and play as necessarily separate activities. Professional reading to keep abreast of "cutting edge science" is not easy work, but it often suggests a new project for Ben. Digesting news reports of ecological and medical disasters is not great fun, but this is of vital concern to Rebecca. A new travel experience is always fun, but the rewards are multiplied if Ben and Rebecca can be imagined in. Story telling endows experience with purpose. Thus, a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula inspired a Ben & Rebecca adventure that has been brewing for some time. Recent inspirational travel has included canoeing through Montana on the Missouri River, and self-guided kayak explorations of the major the rivers and estuaries of the East Coast. The summer of 2013 is being spent in the Bavarian Alps, the Pyrenees, and los Picos de Europa. Thus Dirk reports that new stories are in the works and, as always, he welcomes reader feedback.

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