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In this riveting debut thriller--a finalist for Best First Novel at the 2012 Thriller Awards and a nominee for a Nero Award--the race is on to stop the devastating proliferation of the ultimate bioweapon. Spiral is perfect for fans of Michael Crichton, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, and Richard Preston.

When Nobel laureate Liam Connor is found dead at the bottom of one of Ithaca, New York's famous gorges, his research collaborator, Cornell professor of nanoscience Jake Sterling, refuses to believe it was suicide. Why would one of the world's most eminent biologists, a eighty-six-year old man in good health who survived some of the darkest days of the Second World War, have chosen to throw himself off a bridge? And who was the mysterious woman caught on camera at the scene? Soon it becomes clear that a cache of supersophisticated nanorobots--each the size of a spider--has disappeared from the dead man's laboratory.

Stunned by grief, Jake, Liam's granddaughter, Maggie, and Maggie's nine-year-old son, Dylan, try to put the pieces together. They uncover ingeniously coded messages Liam left behind pointing toward a devastating secret he gleaned off the shores of war-ravaged Japan and carried for more than sixty years.

What begins as a quest for answers soon leads to a horrifying series of revelations at the crossroads of biological warfare and nanoscience. At this dangerous intersection, a skilled and sadistic assassin, an infamous Japanese war criminal, and a ruthless U.S. government official are all players in a harrowing game of power, treachery, and intrigue--a game whose winner will hold the world's fate literally in the palm of his hand.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385342117
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 25 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Nov 12, 2013

"Liam Connor is an 86-year-old pioneer in the field of nanoscience, working out of Cornell University. His death by apparent suicide is hard for both his granddaughter Maggie and his colleague Jake Sterling to swallow - especially after it becomes clear that he was tortured. It is up to the two of them to determine why Liam was tortured - and what role he played in the use of biological weapons in World War II. Booklist's reviewer called Spiral the "most gripping and engrossing thriller" he's read in 50 years of reading thrillers and praises the author's skill with plot, pace, and characterization, and with his "brief, lucid disquisitions" on science. No wonder it won the ITW Award for Best First Novel in 2012." Thrillers and Suspense November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=697347

Jul 13, 2012

A great read that really sucks you in. I was impressed by the good descriptions of science that were merged with the good writing style. Look forward to more books by this individual.

GManBruce May 22, 2012

This was as good as a pre-apocolyptic, World War II fanatic comes-back-tobite-us-on-the-butt-and-almost-ends-all-life-on-the-planet-as-we-know-it kind of bio-terrorism book as it gets!

Pippi_L Jun 10, 2011

Booklist calls this "the most engrossing thriller of the year",and they're right. This is a riveting first novel.

cayuga60 Apr 22, 2011

A first novel and must-read thriller by a leading nanoscience researcher and physics professoer at Cornell. Set against a background of cutting- edge science and WWII history that may be unknown to many, it grabs attention from the first page and draws the reader in through its endearing characters. Thought provoking and emotionally intense.


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