The Third Twin

The Third Twin

Book - 1996
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The study of twins and the genetics of aggression totally consumes research scientist Jeannie Ferrami. An accomplished and headstrong researcher, Jeannie has developed a sophisticated software program to identify identical twins reared apart. But Jeannie's breakthrough project is threatened by the appearance of a sudden impossibility--identical twins born weeks apart to different mothers at separate locations. When Jeannie's research assistant, Lisa, is raped, Steve Logan, a young law student who is one of Jeannie's research subjects, is identified in a police lineup as Lisa's attacker. Logan's genetic tests reveal no violent behavior patterns. Then Jeannie stumbles upon the beginnings of a stunning revelation. Logan is unaware of the existence of a criminal twin brother in jail. Jeannie is convinced of Steve's innocence, yet her judgment may be clouded by her growing emotional attachment to him. By now Jeannie's problems are mounting. Berrington Jones, Jeannie's arrogant and intimidating boss, is a world-renowned authority on biotechnical engineering. He and his partners are involved in devious but lucrative negotiations to sell Genetco, their biogenetic research company. Jeannie's research poses a major threat to their impending millions. Jones arranges to have Jeannie fired. Stunned and feeling helpless, Jeannie doesn't understand why this has happened to her. With Steve and his brother in jail, who is committing these sex crimes? While acting on a hunch that might solve the mystery surrounding Steve and his brother's birth, Jeannie is violently attacked by yet another twin who looks exactly like Steve. Determined to protect her research program and convinced her former boss has something important to hide, a terrified Jeannie has no other choice but to find out why Jones and his partners will stop at nothing to discredit her work.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780517702963
0517702967
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 422 p. : 25 cm.

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Writerchick
Oct 08, 2013

This is one of the least-maturely written books I have encountered in almost six decades of reading. It's a horrible extended lesson in the writerly crime of telling-not-showing, and Follett, never the most agile of writers, allows his sentences to splat on the reader's ear like an egg tossed from a three-story window. It reads like chick lit written by a 14-year-old. From the author of "Eye of the Needle" and "Key to Rebecca," this novel is an enormous letdown.

Sidewinder88 Jul 15, 2012

This was just something extra on my summer reading list and I did not expect to like it. But I started reading it and I was hooked. I really liked the main character and a lot of the scientific stuff really fascinated me. Awesome book that I did not regret reading that summer.

Facchintr Aug 12, 2009

One of my favourite Follett books. Some people find it a bit scientific, but I like to feel that I am learning AND being entertained while I am reading. The ending is unforgettable!

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RazorSteel
Dec 02, 2008

Another great Follett novel. Fast-paced and creative. You'll have to suspend belief a few times, otherwise Follett would write himself into a corner and there wouldn't be a completed book. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the story.

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Mar 14, 2010

Young scientist Jeannie Ferrami discovers a baffling mystery. Two young men, law student Steve and convicted murderer Dan, appear to be identical twins. Yet they were born on different days, to different mothers. Jeannie investigates, but shadowy forces retaliate and Steve is accused of a terrible crime.

As Jeannie falls in love with him, can she be sure he is different from his evil twin? Solving the mystery will mean deadly danger.

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