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Biotechnology Is Murder: A Ben Candidi Mystery (Ben Candidi Mysteries) Paperback – April 1, 2000
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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
Wyle is a nom de plume. He is a longtime Miami resident and 30-year veteran of biomedical science. His interests include the South Florida marine ecosystem, technology's impact on human psychology, multi-culturalism, and the telling of a good story.
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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. We see graphic images spilling out of Ben's narration, and can't wait to turn the page to see what else this scientific deathtrap has in store.
Dirk Wyle has written a timely plot with larger than life characters with which the reader has an immediate affinity. Ben Candidi is the young Jack Ryan of the biotechnological world. He is drawn into the clutches of industrial pirates from every direction and still manages to entertain.
Shelley Glodowski, Reviewer
Best of all is the hero in the story, Ben Candidi. He's fresh and convincing and altogether the kind of guy who you KNOW knows a lot more than you do, but would still make terrific company around the dinner table.
Bottom line? It's comforting to know that not every Florida mystery needs to have an edge of hysteria in it to give readers bang for their buck. How refreshing!
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.