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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


"I love the hard-boiled style Giorgi writes in as well as the emotional depths she takes us in this story about a virtual outcast of a man with superhuman senses." -- John L. Monk, the Jenkins Cycle

"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 sparkling dialogue and intriguing twists. More science + fiction than the usual science fiction fare." -- Dr. Rob Brooks, 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, The Forever Fix

"A scientist herself, Ms. Giorgi uses science 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, God Sleeps in Rwanda

"A detective with a heightened sense of smell and sight who looks cool to boot? 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: **

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  • Print Length: 408 pages
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  • Publisher: Quemazon Publishing (April 5, 2014)
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26 of 27 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly engaging read! April 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A smart, gritty, memorable detective story April 7, 2014
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and my honest opinion is that this book is excellent. I don't usually read crime novels, but this one kept me riveted from the first page with its vivid sensory descriptions, intelligently-paced plot, and unexpected bursts of humor. It tells the story of Ulysses "Track" Presius, a detective gifted (or cursed) with the senses and instincts of a predator, thanks to an epigenetic abnormality. I was impressed by how well-thought-out the scientific aspects of the story were, from Track's complex perception of smell, to the workings of genetic research. I also appreciated (and was amused by) the realistic portrayals of how scientists function (or fail to function, as the case often is). I finished the book a few days ago, and the characters have been on my mind ever since.

If I were to find a flaw in this book, it would be that every time the narrative switched away from Track's point of view, I felt a little disappointed. Track's mind is just so fascinating - I wanted to spend as much time in his storyline as possible.

Finally, I should mention that if you want to learn more about the science behind this story - or about science in general - I highly recommend the author's blog, which is also well-written and fascinating.

All in all, this was a unique and exciting book. I hope there are sequels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent blend of science and police procedural April 14, 2014
The debut novel from E.E. Giorgi, Chimeras is a delightful combination of hot prose and cool science. I was hooked on the first sentence of:

It was one of those hot summer afternoons, with air made of cobwebs and a glare as sharp as pencils.

Wonderful stuff, that, and the book continues to delight with prose that streams out like Chandler.
In the book, we meet the main character, Detective Track Presius of the LAPD Robbery and Homicide Division. Track leads a journey of discovery through the novel. Discovery, both of his own personal nature (why his senses of smell and vision are heightened far beyond “normal” peoples) and discovery of the mystery at hand. The mystery that Track finds turns into a growing series of murders linked to the name Rhesus. Behind both the personal and case discoveries, we get very engaging views of cutting edge genetics via the characters of Diane Kyle, a genetics researcher and Doctor Watanabe–a doctor Track went to, seeking answers after his mothers death.
In addition to the main point of view of Track, we also get a series of segments from the point of view of Rhesus. I liked the layering this provides as we see events from the other side of the coin.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery be it of the scientific or the serial kind. Very well written.
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I tend to forget how much I enjoy a good mystery until I've got one in my hands! I do think that this is my favorite book that I've read by E.E. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Try reading, not listening
I won the audiobook version of Chimeras during an author chat and would like to thank E.E. Giorgi for providing this to me. In my opinion, the audio is where this book falls short. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lupine Smile
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Wait - get this one and the next one also.
To my fellow readers, By the time you get to my review, I assume that you've read many of the earlier reviews. So, I'm not going to rehash the details of the book. Read more
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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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