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The Mendelian Protocol starts with two genetic researchers dead on a beach which begins a deep and twisting mystery. What was the inspiration for the setup to this intriguing novel?
I wrote the novel many years ago. I was initially inspired by the X-files as well as my interest in the premedical classes I was taking in genetics and molecular biology. I eventually tried to incorporate an element of classic murder mystery as well.
Natalie is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some ideas you wanted to explore with her character?
I basically saw her as the young physician (which I was at the time) who found herself pitted against an imperfect system. This is represented by her boss, the chief, who keeps trying to steer her investigation in the direction he wants it to go.
I enjoyed the mystery at the heart of this novel. Did you plan this out or did it develop organically while writing?
I literally wrote about 100 pages without any plan whatsoever and then eventually realized I had to come up with a plot. It took me weeks or even months to develop an original plot that I can honestly say has never been done before to my knowledge. I wanted to drop hints and make it a “solvable mystery” while keeping it hard to predict. In that regard I feel I have succeeded.
What is the next novel that you are working on and when will it be available?
I am writing a more traditional mystery set in Nantucket in the 80’s but since I work full time and have kids… we will see.
Two genetic researchers are brutally slain on a remote beach in the Bahamas. The investigation falls to Dr. Natalie Franklin, the small-town Medical Examiner working her first murder case. She doesn’t mind dealing with dead bodies, but dealing with her boss, the Chief of Police, is another matter entirely. As she struggles to make sense of the bizarre forensic clues, she learns that sometimes the truth is a casualty that no one wants revived. She vows to find answers to explain the evidence that is seemingly impossible to reconcile.
The Keller Corporation is the main employer on the island of St. Angela. When researcher Greg Cooper is hired, he initially thinks he has landed in paradise. After a few days of crunching data, though, he realizes that his dream job is more of a tedious grind than anything else. Out of boredom he begins to poke around and soon suspects that the Keller Corporation is up to something unethical or even sinister. When Greg discovers another dead body, it seems like a horrible accident, and that’s what Dr. Natalie Franklin thinks, too. But it isn’t long before Greg and Natalie are racing to unlock the secret of the Mendelian Protocol before becoming victims themselves.
Posted by Literary Titan
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