| || Pharmacology Is Murder (1998)|
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.
| || Biotechnology Is Murder: A Ben Candidi Mystery (1999)|
A Tale of Mystery and Suspense from the World of Entrepreneurial Drug Development** One week before receiving his Ph.D. in pharmacology, Ben Candidi is offered a high-paying, four-day consulting job. Ben will consult for Brian Broadmoore, M.D., a Boston biomedical venture capitalist who has come to Miami on business. Dr. Broadmoore has bought an option to purchase BIOTECH, a Miami-based biotechnology company. BIOTECH has patents on three compounds from sponge extracts that show promise as a cure for cancer.
BIOTECH's price is $20 million. Dr. Broadmoore's option to purchase will run out in four days. He will pay Ben $24,000 to visit BIOTECH and check out their scientific claims. Ben goes to work. After auditing BIOTECH's records for one day, he confirms dramatic tumor shrinkage in animals. And the patents check out. Everything checks out except for BIOTECH's key personnel. The president is a gruff-mannered construction tycoon. The head scientist dresses like a f! ashion model and has an attitude to match. And BIOTECH's inventor is as helpful as a bad guy in a karate movie. On the second day of the job, Ben wonders why Dr. Broadmoore hired him on such short notice. And what happened to Ben's predecessor? And why won't Dr. Broadmoore give him a straight answer? On the third day, Ben is caught in a web of murder and high-stakes intrigue. Dirk Wyle describes a high-tech, multi-player gamble to transform a $50,000 discovery into a $200-million stock offering. He takes the reader on an exciting treasure-hunt in uncharted territory between the lab bench, clinic, patent office, and executive suite.
| || Medical School Is Murder: A Ben Candidi Mystery (2001)|
In Medical School Is Murder, by Dirk Wyle (Biotechnology Is Murder), series hero Ben Candidi takes a two-year grant in Miami to run a deceased scientist's lab and to write the scientist's biography according to strict specifications in the will. While immersed in the life of this oddball crusader "for science and reason," Ben discovers some strange things about his predecessor's political activism, weathers a break-in at the lab and learns that the scientist may not have died of natural causes, after all.
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| || Amazon Gold (2003)|
Scientist Ben Candidi would like nothing better than to escort his soul mate, Dr. Rebecca Levis, on her Amazon expedition to provide medical care to a nearly extinct tribe. But there's no room for him there, and besides, he needs to return to his laboratory in Miami to complete his project of studying how new technology can aid in drug development. You would think that his research back in the States would be mundane compared to the Amazon, but when it comes to Ben, who's starring in his fourth adventure, excitement is never far away. First there's an unannounced visit from the DEA followed by a serious fracas at an industry conference, where Ben averts an assassination attempt on the keynote speaker. All the while, transmittals from Rebecca come less frequently and with less passion than Ben would like, and his research leads to startling conclusions that have him fearing for both their lives. Wyle has given the hard-boiled thriller a scientific twist, making his novels pleasing for both their intrigue and their intellect. Mary Frances Wilkens
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| || Bahamas West End Is Murder: A Ben Candidi Mystery (2005)|
As vacationing Ben Candidi and Rebecca Levis sail through International Waters toward Grand Bahama Island, they receive a strange welcome—a sinking cabin cruiser with a dead man at the helm. Ben knows how to patch bullet holes below the waterline and Rebecca knows how to estimate time of death. And they agree that the West End marina is the right place to bring the body. To avoid trouble, they play it dumb and treat the cocaine-smuggling marina tenants as the divers and sport fishermen they are pretending to be. Unfortunately, the mailbox corporation in Miami that owns the yacht ignores Ben's $100,000 salvage claim—and the Bahamian police won't let him move the yacht to Florida. The harder Ben and Rebecca press their claim, the more sinister West End becomes. Should they cut their losses and run? Or is it too late already?
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