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CHIMERAS: A Medical Mystery [Kindle Edition]

E.E. Giorgi
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*** A Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner, a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist, and a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree ***
Kill the prey or be killed: it's in my genes.
A chimera, that's what I am. And this is my story.

Haunted by the girl he couldn't save in his youth, and the murder he committed to avenge her, Detective Track Presius has a unique gift: the vision and sense of smell of a predator. When a series of apparently unrelated murders reel him into the depths of genetic research, Track feels more than a call to duty. Children are dying, children who, like himself, could have been healthy, and yet something, at some point, went terribly wrong. For Track, saving the innocent becomes a quest for redemption. The only way he can come to terms with his dark past is to understand his true nature.

Editorial Reviews


"Giorgi writes with scientific experience. Her prose is addictive and her descriptions paint a vivid picture of the world she creates." - Nicholas Sansbury Smith, bestselling author of the Orbs series

"With many passages that are poetic as well as descriptive, Giorgi also sneaks in poignant insights." -- Carol Kean, Perihelion Science Fiction Magazine Book Critic 

"A great debut novel and has a satisfying ending. The descriptions are vivid and a great sense of time and place are created." -- the Kindle Book Review 

"Classic hard-boiled noir crime thriller sculpted by lovely prose, this is a surprisingly terrific read." -- Cole Alpaugh, The Bear in a Muddy Tutu

"The protagonist Track Presius is a genuinely original character, an intriguing epigenetic anomaly and a unique cop. This is a thriller with genuine smarts, sparkling dialogue and intriguing psychological and genetic twists. More science + fiction than the usual science fiction fare." -- Dr. Rob Brooks, author of Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll 

"E. E. Giorgi has created a fine ensemble of professionals pursuing what might happen if biotechnology and the desire to overrule nature clash." -- Dr. Ricki Lewis, author of The Forever Fix

"A scientist herself, Ms. Giorgi uses science--genetics, specifically--to create a compelling story that has you not only asking "who did it" but pondering the ethics of genetic manipulation and just what it means to be human." -- Laura Mullane, author of God Sleeps in Rwanda

"A detective with a heightened sense of smell and sight who looks cool to boot? A wonderful book by the debut author E.E. Giorgi, Chimeras. A great read." -- Mystery Sequels,

From the Author

MOSAICS, Book 2 in the Track Presius mystery series is now here:

** Read about the "science behind the scenes: **

Product Details

  • File Size: 1538 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quemazon Publishing (April 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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She may be a full-time scientist, but E.E. Giorgi is an award-winning novelist as well--oh, and a photographer too. I'd just read her futuristic "Gene Cards" and loved the inside information on hackers, GMOs and genetics. (No surprise, it just won an award.) Wanting more fiction filled with science, I bought her debut novel "Chimeras," which does double duty as a whodunnit and a thriller.

I wondered how a scientist came to know so much about police procedurals. Giorgi asks the right people the right questions, and they take time to answer her, and her novels read like someone who's been there, done that, even if she hasn't. As a bonus, this novel is full of first-hand stories from a real officer who gave Giorgi some personal anecdotes to share. I knew these came straight from real life long before I got to the acknowledgement at the end. Real people who inspire fictional characters are *so* authentic, engaging and believable. If for no other reason, readers should buy this book to hear the "moral lessons" that Detective Satish Cooper inflicts upon his partner, Track, who secretly loves these stories as much as we do, but he's not gonna let his buddy know that. Fans who clamor for more, more, more of Satish can get it from Timothy A. Bowen's memoir "You got photos? You go prints?" here at amazon.

Science fans fascinated by epigenetics and chimeras have come to the right place. I'm dying to say more about this subject but haven't figured out how to dodge spoilers. Let's just say the rabies virus did amazing things in Amy Roger's "Reversion" (see my review in the November 2014 issue of Perihelion Science Fiction ezine), and it did even more amazing things in Giorgi's "Chimeras."

Perhaps I can excerpt a few scientific facts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly engaging read! April 8, 2014
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In short: an engaging read that will captivate you from chapter one until the conclusion.

Beautifully written with complex characters and an intriguing plot, the dialogue is spot on and the pacing perfect for the genre. The story unfolded at a brisk pace that kept me engaged. (It also kept me up well past my bedtime!) Chimeras is sure to please fans of police procedurals and urban fantasy alike. The author excels at creating unique characters that complement one another, from the brash and aggressive Track to his more insouciant and endearing partner, Satish Cooper. Track is almost feral at times while Satish acts as a grounding force, often supplying well placed humor. DNA specialist Diane Kyle is an enjoyable character who is intelligent yet at times vulnerable and uncertain. I love that she's passionate about her work and from her we get most of the science behind the crimes. At times she appears to lack common sense and makes poor decisions but this makes her rather human. I love that all these characters are flawed as characters should be; it adds to their charm and you'll find no Mary Sues or Marty Stus here.

Perhaps what I love most about the story is the fact it doesn't follow the usual serial killer boilerplate but instead embarks on a study of epigenetics and humanity's obsession with perfection and immortality. The plot was carefully thought out and the conclusion a satisfying one.

For sticklers out there, the police procedure / protocol is spot on, the main characters likeable and well fleshed out, and the villains carefully crafted with believable motives. I want to emphasize the craft and skill that went into this novel. I can't say it enough--it's beautifully written and the writing is on par with traditionally published novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't stayed up late into the night absorbed in ... November 16, 2014
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I haven't stayed up late into the night absorbed in a book in a long time. This one is so well-written, so original, so absorbing that I was finding it hard to put it down. Complex, surprising, thought-provoking...can't wait to meet a few of these characters again in the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A writer to watch January 7, 2015
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“CHIMERAS: A Medical Mystery” by E.E. Giorgi is an excellent medical thriller that opens a variety of issues about genetics and places them in the context of a fairly fast paced and cleverly plotted crime story. It is written competently by an author who knows her science but also knows how to create and keep tension and drama at the same time.
The book feels never dry and is told with the powerfully honest voice of Detective Ulysses / Track Presius, an epigenetic chimera, which gives a unique perspective into his ‘being different’ and how it affects him and his work. He is a well-chosen character with some darker components, a protagonist who can keep your interest. He is joined by a partner in crime and by a scientist, both of are equally fascinating.
The book uses a wonderfully descriptive style and keeps the reader on their toes, with the science and also the crime side of it.
I have read a lot of information about genetics because my partner suffers from haemophilia and so the issues that are raised here in the context of genetic science resonated well with me. I found it particularly rewarding that the author added a section about the science at the end of the book, which clarified a few topics, and reassured me how medically sound and competent the foundations for this story are.
This is a very rewarding read and was even better than I hoped for. A writer to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written mystery
I was fascinated with the idea that a detective could use his heightened sense of smell to solve cases. Read more
Published 8 days ago by VeggieLover
3.0 out of 5 stars It needs a bit of an edit, but it's a great idea.
Chimeras is a combination of a gripping thriller/mystery whodunnit paired up with a science fiction/medical police procedural. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynxie
5.0 out of 5 stars read this soon!
This is a super book! I honestly did not knoe what would happen at the end until the very last chapter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by barbara dellea
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Robin Cook...
If you enjoy Robin Cook you'll enjoy this book. Detective Track Presius has a rare genetic condition, he's a Chimera with heightened senses similar to a predator. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read!
There are a lot of great "twists" in this story. It's one part detective noir where "the dame" is always trouble, one part interesting speculative scientific... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid contribution from a new indie voice
I was first introduced to the writing of EE Giorgi in the short story anthology, The Telepath Chronicles. I loved her use of language and sensory details. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Bruns
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked the book
I really liked the book, it was a good reading and the scientific part is simple enough even for someone with limited knowledge of the DNA and its mechanisms. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brambilla Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars She is an excellent writer, and doesn't seem satisfied to just get ...
i generally don't read mysteries, but I have been so impressed with EE Giorgi as a photographer and artist, that I decided to read this book. I was very impressed! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robin Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The descriptive imagery, character development and mystery throughout really pulls the reader in and makes a very entertaining story right to the end.
Published 3 months ago by Craig E. Szymanski
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the next one...
Having a human protagonist with a heightened sense of smell and visions add an interesting new twist to the classic detective story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marcus Schommler
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More About the Author

E.E. Giorgi grew up in Tuscany, in a house on a hill that she shared with two dogs, two cats, 5 chickens, and the occasional batches of stick insects, newts and toads her dad would bring home from the lab. Today, E.E. Giorgi is a scientist and an award winning author and photographer. She spends her days analyzing genetic data, her evenings chasing sunsets, and her nights pretending she's somebody else. On her blog, E.E. discusses science for the inquiring mind, especially the kind that sparks fantastic premises and engaging stories. Her debut novel CHIMERAS, a medical mystery, is a 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award winner.


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