Eric Prescott is a researcher for a treatment for Alzheimer’s. He is one step away from finding a cure and winning the coveted Nobel prize. He is on the fast track to earning the award, with many other awards and certificates already postering his office wall, and is top in his field. Pam Weller, another researcher from a different establishment, is his only real competition as she has developed a method to test various drugs in hopes of finding the one. When her painstaking method finally yields some amazing results, she is focused on the hope it will give to millions of Alzheimer’s patients, even though it is too late for her mother. Holly, one of her junior researchers and the one who happened upon the possible cure, wants more credit than she will get, so she seeks to better her own position by jeopardizing Pam’s research. When Eric gets wind of this development, all he can see through the red is that his supremacy may be compromised and this must be stopped, or sabotaged, by any means possible. With Holly’s help, Pam will not be the one to earn the Nobel prize.
Set in the competitive world of science research and grant financing, Cooper has created a fast-paced science thriller that would rival Michael Crichton or Patricia Cornwell, though not as gory. His short chapters are reminiscent of James Patterson’s style. Cooper, while fully knowledgeable as a researcher himself, writes in a way that is uncomplicated – readers will not be easily lost. Pam is a strong feminine lead in an aggressive field. She and her partner, ex-FBI turned private investigator Jake Lawrence, create a team to be reckoned with. There’s a touch of romance, but the action remains firmly on the mystery. It is slightly predictable and some situations may stretch belief, but it’s still an excellent read.
Geoffrey M Cooper