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Author: Adolphus A. Anekwe
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Forge Books
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Mark of the Beast: A searing medical thriller by Adolphus A. Anekwe, a renowned doctor, about the ramifications of isolating a gene that causes violent behavior
Dr. Regina Dickerson is a Catholic physician in San Diego who has discovered that there is a certain genetic marker that indicates the carrier is prone to psychotic violence. Working on blood from prison inmates, her theory begins to prove itself time and again with violent offenders. The variety of crimes is diverse: one couple murders their children for organ money, another man kidnaps young girls to seduce and kill them, yet another has a penchant for cyanide.
As Dickerson's work begins to show results and catches the attention of the media, people begin to fear that witch hunts and Spanish Inquisition–style mayhem will result if forcible testing is carried out. Meanwhile, a race begins to find a cure. With science and religion at odds, Dickerson must find her own answers while trying to escape those who want to put an end to her inflammatory research.
It took almost two years for the national media to tie together the cases of the vanishing women, as the crimes are now being called.
Initially listed as missing persons, each case somehow reached a dead end in Atlanta. With no new leads, most of the cases were filed away.
When a young, ambitious, would- not- take- no- for- an- answer investigative reporter from Channel 5 in Chicago tried to review the files of the missing women, he noticed a pattern.
They were in their thirties, living alone, some with college education.
“Two of the missing women had told friends that they were going to Atlanta for a date,” the reporter said to his station manager. “But when the police in Atlanta were alerted, they denied finding out- of state dead females. They claimed that most of the victims in Atlanta were identified as local, except one forty- five- year- old female whose body was so mutilated and stripped of all IDs that police are still trying through dental rec ords to identify the body.”
When the composite report made national news, the Federal Bureau of Investigation finally took over the cases.
After thoroughly investigating all the cases, the FBI finally took a special interest in Uwani Microsystems. Arriving in Atlanta and briefing George on the investigation, the FBI wanted to talk to Bill.
Detailed analysis of Silvia’s Internet chats failed to identify who she had had her last conversation with. But with the help of the local phone company, the FBI discovered that Silvia did place a call to Uwani Microsystems in Atlanta the last day she was seen at work.
The FBI privately interviewed all the phone operators at Uwani Microsystems who worked on the day when Silvia called. It was getting late in the day; Bill was notifi ed by George that the FBI would like to schedule an interview with him fi rst thing tomorrow morning at eight o’clock sharp.
“What’s it about?” Bill asked with his usual smile.
“I don’t know, but my hunch tells me that it might have something to do with those missing girls,” George confided.
“Do they think somebody here has something to do with that?” Bill’s half smile disappeared.
“Don’t worry about it,” George said. “I think they’re looking in the wrong place.”
“Thanks,” Bill said.
“Don’t forget, eight a.m.,” George said on his way out of Bill’s office.
Next morning, Bill did not show up for his interview with the FBI.
By 8:10 a.m., local police in conjunction with federal marshals were dispatched to Bill’s house. After several knocks at the door failed to illicit any response from within, they busted the door open.
Bill was found sitting in the basement shower, cold as ice, a sawed- off shotgun on his lap. There was blood mixed with whitish pasty material all over the bathroom wall, and Bill’s face was totally unrecognizable from the bullet wound.
About the Author
ADOLPHUS A. ANEKWE, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Indiana University Northwest Medical Center, and is also an active staff member at five area hospitals, a Board Certified Diplomat and Fellow in two medical specialties, and an active community leader. He resides in Schererville, Indiana, and is the author of Mark of the Beast.
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