The Mendelian Protocol

The Mendelian Protocol by [Finkle, Raymond]

You have to know that when an author drops hints about a genetics lab, a mysterious event with test animals, and dead bodies with medical inconsistencies within the first 20 pages of a book that you are in for some bombshell twists and turns and The Mendelian Protocol delivers. One of the things I liked about this book, which is something I have found in common with other books I really like, is that it introduces you to a new field of knowledge while it explores the plot. I personally love learning more about niche topics (like highly specialized jobs, rare psychiatric disorders, and remote locations I would probably never hear about) while following along during a mystery. I feel like it makes a story unique and it is one of the things I love from authors like Dan Brown and Steve Berry. The same can be said for what Raymond Finkle does in The Mendelian Protocol.

The story starts out quick with no time wasted and you are immediately introduced to a small group of characters that pique your interest with a bit of backstory, but not the type of backstory that so many authors rely on these days which are tired and predictable. My favorite character was the female medical examiner who unwittingly found herself in the uncomfortable position of becoming a forensic expert overnight. Her whole situation keeps edging up being completely unrealistic, but Finkel continues to pull it back in to where you can say “okay… I guess that could happen” and you can keep on enjoying the story. This is no easy task when dealing in genetic mutation and medical horrors.

One thing I noticed that this book has in common with others that I have favorited is that often times really good mysteries have little oddities introduced by the author which niggle at the reader making them wonder why such a detail would be important. It makes you stop and remember the detail, want to know why it was important, and keep turning the pages to find out.). I read A LOT of mysteries and thrillers and I am not often impressed by an author the first time I read them unless it is a NY Times top ten that I grab in the airport or something. Finkle actually delivered on my first run with his stories. If you are a fan of Steve Berry or Michael Creighton you will thoroughly enjoy this book!

Pages:  226 | ASIN: B01MQ3MRR7

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