This is a Robin Cookish type of thriller. It intertwines questions about healthcare insurance, patients with debilitating diseases, Nazi hunting, mind reading, DNA, and Neanderthals. Sawyer covers all these topics well and throws in some highly likeable characters too. Pierre Tardival is a geneticist who has to deal with Huntington's disease, which will disable him both physically and mentally until it kills him. He has other significant issues to deal with such as someone who is trying to murder him, a health insurance company that wants to invade his privacy and a daughter who is unlike any other child on Earth.
Other characters include Tardival's wife Molly, a psychologist who is also able to read minds, Avi, a Nazi hunter, and the mysterious professor Bulian who Tardival works for. The story tackle many issues that are still prevalent today such as patient's privacy rights and the right to have health insurance.
Sawyer is a multitalented writer that seems to never run out of ideas!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which examines some important moral and scientific issues. I liked Pierre and Molly and found the information on DNA fascinating. But I think the author went off in too many directions, with the Nazi stuff (incorporating true events involving the false accusations against John Demjanjuk), the crazy old guy studying Neanderthal DNA, the findings on DNA frameshifting, and the greedy insurance company with its murderous founder and rapacious stockholders. Unlike … more
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There is a 50 percent chance that geneticist Pierre Tardivel is carrying the gene for Huntington's Disease, a fatal disorder. That knowledge drives Pierre in his work on the Human Genome Project, an attempt by scientists to map human genes. But a strange set of circumstances--including a knife attack, the in vitro fertilization of his wife, and an insurance company plot to use DNA samples to weed out clients predisposed to early deaths--draw Tardivel into a story that will ultimately involve the hunt for a Nazi death camp doctor.Frameshiftshows why theNew York Timescalls Robert J. Sawyer "a writer of boundless confidence."--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.