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The Genesis Code [Mass Market Paperback]

John Case
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Feb. 28 1998
A phone call in the dead of night brings Joe Lassiter shattering news. His sister and young nephew have died in a fire in their home near Washington, D.C. Yet Lassiter soon learns a chilling fact: His loved ones were brutally murdered before the blaze was set. . . .

The mysterious suspect's identity only raises more questions. Then Lassiter uncovers another crime--another innocent mother and child murdered. The more he unearths, the larger the web of conspiracy grows, as his search for answers leads him on a dangerous international chase toward a truth that will shock him--and the world--to the very bone. . . .

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You'll probably guess what's behind the murders of mothers and their very young sons long before investigator Joe Lassiter does, but that shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of this exciting and thoughtful new thriller that mixes science and faith in with its action. Lassiter's own sister and beloved nephew are among the victims, who were all patients at an Italian fertility clinic run by a doctor with some unusual ideas about DNA. Why this catches the attention of a dangerous religious order, and whether Lassiter can save one surviving woman and child from their wrath, should take up a good part of your night. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YA. The action in this suspenseful novel shifts from a picturesque hill town in Italy, to the streets of Rome, to a suburb of Washington, DC, and finally to its climax on a remote island in Maine. Joe Lassiter takes a leave of absence from his high-tech investigation agency to search for the murderer of his only sister and her son. He soon finds himself analyzing a string of other unsolved murders of mothers and their young sons, all of whom stayed at a fertility clinic in Italy. A physician renowned for his success at artificial insemination, a rural priest with a terrible secret revealed in confession, and the charismatic leader of a conservative Catholic organization all provide clues that lead Joe to the one person who can help him solve the mystery. This fast-paced thriller will draw YAs into some interesting questions concerning the use of DNA material and the ethics of genetic engineering, and will provide them with fascinating insights into the uses of modern investigative techniques.?Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S PHIL COLLINS WHEN YOU NEED HIM? Nov. 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh boy...Case really goes all out in his books to make you think, "Omigosh...what IF this really happened?" In "The Genesis Code," it's a real spellbinder in that it proposes just how far do we go with genetic engineering, or cloning? It opens in a small village in Italy where a priest practically has a stroke in hearing an old doctor's confession. What possibly could it have been? Then the priest is off to Rome to secure a meeting with a cardinal to relate this horrifying unimaginable sin.
Enter Joe Lassiter, a well to do private investigating enterpreneur, who gets involved with all this when his sister and her young son are savagely murdered and then burned to a crisp in their home. Lassiter's trail leads him all over the globe, ultimately to a fertility clinic (or is it?) in Italy. The book, like other Case novels, opens with this jarring prologue and then meticulously details lots of technical information, mysterious men, secrets, secrets and more secrets, and a look at a very unusual religious sect, determined to bring the Catholic church back to its days of Latin masses, and to completely ignore the Vatican II council.
It moves well, though, and I agree that Lassister takes a long time to figure out what's going on. However, by the end, it all makes sense and resolves with a disturbing scene with a young boy and a fish bowl. As in all of Case's works, however, the main flaw is that his climaxes seem to zoom in and then poof, it's over...but even so, my friends, it's a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A never ending collection of plot twists and turns April 23 2002
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I read Case's second novel first, and was fairly impressed by it. It was a bit amaturish when compared to the likes of Clancy, Chricton, or DeMille, but was still a good entertainment read. Case's first book, The Genesis Code, is not only a page-turner of the first degree, but is also extremely thought provoking and a bit controversial.
After dealing with the murder of his sister and nephew, Joe Lassiter, the story's main character (head of his own investigative firm), decides to jog around the country and world in search for answers. Who REALLY killed them? And more importantly, why? It is not until clues start leading him to Italy and in the direction of a break-away Catholic group that the reader starts making connections to the story's fast-paced, "edge of your chair" first chapter. In this chapter, a priest in a middle-of-nowhere town in Italy takes confession from a local doctor... what he hears shocks him, almost to the point of death. It sends him on a journey to the Vatican with knowledge that could change the world forever.. Case leaves you hanging after the highest members of the church, including the Pope, debate the priest's disturbing news.

Case ties together his plot nicely. He brings information from the book's opening chapter back during the middle of the action, at which point the reader can start guessing the doctor's sin. The sin, having to do with biblical figures, DNA, and a mother's love, is truly amazing. It leaves you wondering, "What if?"
This book is extremely well written, combining techniques similar to Tom Clancy and Micheal Chricton, with a little of Nelson DeMille's talent and humor tossed in. It is a wonderful pick for a thriller lover.. you'll be sad when you finish, constantly wishing that you could pick it up and continue reading, only to find out that you are done. I highly recommend this "good to the last sentence" book! I loved it, and so will you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Put it Down April 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Private investigator Joe Lassiter's sister and nephew have been killed in a dreadful fire--of course, Joe is devastated, but when he discovers that the people he loved had been killed prior to the arson, he wonders just what the fire was meant to cover. Luckily, the arsonist, does not quite get away, he suffers from burns in a local hospital and Joe is determined to get him to deliver more than just a few answers. However, the man is an enigma who refuses to talk, revealing only through serendipity that he is Italian. Joe must use all his investigative powers to determine this man's identity and how his mission involved the sacrifice of his sister and nephew's lives. The trail leads to Europe where an ultra-conservative faction of the Catholic Church impairs the flexing of Joe's investigative muscle.

No spoilers here. I reduced my rating by a star merely because I figured out what was going on by about the middle of the book. However, this intuitiveness certainly did not diminish my enjoyment of the plot's unfolding and its ultimate climax.

Wondering if Mr. Case is considering a sequel. I would enjoy reading about Jesse's future development in our technological world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Put it Down April 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Private investigator Joe Lassiter's sister and nephew have been killed in a dreadful fire--of course, Joe is devastated, but when he discovers that the people he loved had been killed prior to the arson, he wonders just what the fire was meant to cover. Luckily, the arsonist, does not quite get away, he suffers from burns in a local hospital and Joe is determined to get him to deliver more than just a few answers. However, the man is an enigma who refuses to talk, revealing only through serendipity that he is Italian. Joe must use all his investigative powers to determine this man's identity and how his mission involved the sacrifice of his sister and nephew's lives. The trail leads to Europe where an ultra-conservative faction of the Catholic Church impairs the flexing of Joe's investigative muscle.

No spoilers here. I reduced my rating by a star merely because I figured out what was going on by about the middle of the book. However, this intuitiveness certainly did not diminish my enjoyment of the plot's unfolding and its ultimate climax.

Wondering if Mr. Case is considering a sequel. I would enjoy reading about Jesse's future development in our technological world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good scientific idea
I read the book. There is a good scientific part of it, and I have to say that it is well-written from biology-genetic point of view. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2004 by Khaled O. Al Saad
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding story - well written!
Hollywood should be all over this as a thriller. What an incredibly interesting idea. Jurassic Park for the religious. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004 by P. Breakfield IV
5.0 out of 5 stars Hougan's best
Better written and more provocative than Brown's Da Vinci Code
Published on Jan. 27 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Dan Brown, Less than Michael Crichton
I recently read several of Case's books (it's a pen name. who else does this person write as?) and find them all to be entertaining page-turners. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by L. Friedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Page Turner
I read this book about 5-6 years ago and still remember it well. It came out just in time to dovetail nicely into events of our time - cloning, genetics, in vitro fertilization for... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Timothy J. Farish
2.0 out of 5 stars The world's dumbest Investigator
I liked the idea and theme of the book. unfortunatly the lead charater, a brilliant investigator, was probably the world's worst detective. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I have recommended this to everyone
I have recommended this book to a LOT of people. Every time I get into a discussion about good books, I bring this one up. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2003 by R. Simonsen
4.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
I was reluctant to start reading this book as I thought it would be a boring, medical-type mystery. Was I ever wrong! Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by Cynthia K. Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book From John Case
This was a great book, interesting until the end. It was exciting, full of twists and turns. The premise of the book was really interesting and left you thinking "what... Read more
Published on June 5 2003 by Natalie P.
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Based upon reviews here and feedback of friends, I had high expectations, obviously too high. There are far better conspiracy thrillers out there, most without such a ridiculous... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003
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