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Pharmacology is Murder Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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Book 1 of 5 in the Ben Candidi Mystery Series

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  • Paperback: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Rainbow Books (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156825038X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568250380
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,678,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

A medical murder mystery featuring a novice scientist
Ben Candidi, a 28-year-old profesionally dead-ended techie, is offered "the King's Shilling." Ben is asked to do a little unauthorized undercover sleuthing for his ex-boss, Dr. Geoffrey Westley, the Chief Dade County (Miami, FL) Medical Examiner. Aristocratic, legendary, aging Dr. Westley thinks that one of the pharmacology professors at nearby Bryan Medical School murdered his chairman, using a cleverly selected poison that left no trace.

It seems an easy enough assignment for Ben: just enter the Ph.D. program at Bryan Medical School, innocently gather information on 12 pharmacology professors, figure which prof did it with which poison, and secretly pass the information on to Dr. Westley, who will take it from there. Ben can then go back to working on his Ph.D.

But it's never that easy, even for a Mensa genius. Science projects always take longer than expected. Scientific information isn't harmless, even if it's gathered innocently. Will the information lead back to Ben after an arrest is made and the defense starts getting organized? Does the information add up to a forensic proof? Or is it just an elaborate theory concocted by a deluded duo — a young man who hasn't learned enough and an "old boy" who has forgotten too much.

PHARMACOLOGY IS MURDER is Rainbow's first mystery fiction book; and we're so impressed with Dirk Wyle's work that we'll be publishing the sequel, BIOTECHNOLOGY IS MURDER, in 1999. While the science in PHARMACOLOGY IS MURDER is impressive and fascinating — Wyle has the ability to allow the novice to understand and follow along — this is an impressive book on several levels. Wyle's ability to build characters, atmosphere, and empathy is truly impressive. Most mystery novels are too often lacking in these qualities. But not PHARMACOLOGY IS MURDER. This is more than an innovative murder. It is about people in a special time and place who come alive before your very eyes. Wyle knows how to begin, sustain, and end a novel. He gets off to a swift start with all the elements required to hook a reader; and the conclusion is a killer, though the killer has already been caught. In fact, the closing is so effective and real, it brings tears to the reader's eyes, and all as the result of what has transpired in this almost flawless drama. PHARMACOLOGY IS MURDER carries with it the beauty of a well-written novel. Cheers to Dirk Wyle, and best regards to his main character and sleuth, Ben Candidi, one of the most engaging and attractive sleuths I've met in a very long time as a dedicated devotee of mystery fiction." -- Betty Wright, Publisher, Rainbow Books, Inc.

From the Author

Combining fact and fiction
I sat down at the keyboard to write Pharmacology Is Murder with the goal of producing an exciting, yet believable, scientific who-dun-it. My thirty-some years of biomedical lab research had furnished my subconscious with a host of interesting characters and medical murder weapons. I have always enjoyed 'police procedurals,'and was excited about bringing a high degree of realism to Pharmacology Is Murder. But I also wanted a human aspect, something more than the story of a dedicated team of truth-seeking workaholics. So I chose to tell the story in the words of my protagonist, Ben Candidi — Mensa genius and underachiever, master of everything interesting and nothing practical, ecology idealist and boat bum. Pompous Medical Examiner Westley, Ben's 'partner in crime,' coalesced from the distant spirits of the dozen old-school English biochemists I have known. After I wrote the first twenty pages of Ben and Dr. Westley's secret collaboration, their psychological dynamic started to take on a life of its own. After sprinkling every tenth page with a generous portion of Miami spice, I was surprised to learn that the city's personality had actually stimulated the thirst for murder. My guidance for the denouement came from an ancient truth about scientific discovery: It always takes longer than you think, and you never know when the discovery will come to you.


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