From the winner of the 1995 Nebula Award, a science fiction thriller about the Human Genome Project.
Pierre Tardivel is a scientist working on the Human Genome Project. He is a driven man, working with the awareness that he may not have long to live: he has a fifty-fifty chance of dying from the incurable Huntington’s disease. While trying to get medical insurance he discovers that his insurer is secretly taking genetic samples of policy holders.
When he investigates what he thinks is merely a plot by the insurance company to illegally screen clients at risk from genetic diseases, he finds a string of unsolved murders of people insured by the company.
The implication is terrifying. With the help of the same scientific breakthroughs as Pierre himself is making, an insurance company is weeding out the weak and helpless to boost profits. But when Pierre investigates further, he finds that even this appalling scenario falls short of the evil enshrined in the truth behind the murders.
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In the guise of a mainstream biomedical thriller akin to Ira Levin's The Boys From Brazil, or the novels of Robin Coma Cook, Nebula Award-winner Robert Sawyer has crafted a most ambitious tale.
As a teenager, Pierre Tardivel discovers that he has a 50 per cent chance of developing the hereditary Huntington's disease. The knowledge drives him to become a scientist working on the Human Genome Project at Berkley University, where he falls in love with Molly, a psychologist with the genetic "frameshift" for telepathy. A series of murders are traced to local neo-Nazis, someone is conducting an illegal experiment with Neanderthal DNA, and Department of Justice Agent Avi Meyer is hunting Ivan Marchenko, the concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible, The Butcher of Treblinka.
What makes Frameshift remarkable is the sympathetic and realistic portrayal of a progressively disabled hero, together with the interweaving into the story of the hunt for a real Nazi war criminal. Here Sawyer skilfully draws on the scandalous persecution of John Demjanjuk, a man mistakenly tried as Marchenko in the 1980's, a case documented in Yoram Sheftel's powerful Show Trial.
Robert J. Sawyer has woven a labyrinthine novel encompassing sufficient themes and plots for a handful of ordinary thrillers. He offers complex and imaginative scientific speculation, a thoughtful examination of the ethical implications of genetic testing, a slow-burning but dramatic thriller with a blockbuster climax, and a touching love story with a genuinely moving ending. Frameshift is a griping, and ultimately inspiring novel.--Gary S. DalkinReview:
From reviews of Illegal Alien:
‘SF and suspense mingle as expert worldbuilder Sawyer takes the action to our own planet. Recommended’
‘Absorbing and fascinating’
‘Add another hit to Sawyer’s string’
Science Fiction Chronicle
‘Excellent, innovative and imaginative’
‘A tour de force of intricate, puzzle-like complexity’
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