The Silent Assassin

The Silent Assassin

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Geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake investiages a brutal murder that may have long-buried connections to the Vietnam War in the explosive follow-up to Sequence.
In this second novel, Dr. Alexandra Blake, a bioterrorism researcher and forensic specialist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, is assigned the delicate task of managing the return of several skulls that American servicemen took home from Vietnam. Even the president is involved, and the actual exchange will take place at a White House ceremony. Alex understands the ceremony's importance - her father was killed in Vietnam - but compared to her top-secret research, the skulls seem insignificant. When another case that the staff of the AFIP is working on develops a connection to Vietnam, suddenly Alex and her colleagues are on the trail of a killer.

Baker & Taylor
When Dr. Alexandra Blake, a forensic specialist at the Armed Forces Institute, is assigned the task of returning several skulls brought home by American soldiers from Vietnam, she discovers that the case could be tied to another with a link to Vietnam.

McMillan Palgrave
When a John Doe with a bayonet wound in his chest is discovered in a Washington, D.C. alley, geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is pulled away from her bioterrorism work to aid in the investigation. Just a little digging reveals a corpse that's not at all that of the homeless robbery victim it was set up to resemble---and Alex and her colleagues find themselves wrapped up in a complicated mystery of high-stakes international financial intrigue.
 
The homicide investigation is just heating up when a political firestorm erupts over the AFIP's possession of human skulls brought back from Vietnam thirty years earlier by American servicemen. Alex is handed the delicate task of managing the restoration and return of these grisly souvenirs. Even the President of the United States has become involved, with the actual exchange scheduled to take place at a White House ceremony. Alex knows it's an important job---her father was a soldier killed in Vietnam, so she of all people is sensitive to the issues surrounding the war---but to her it still seems like an outsized uproar over something that happened long ago. But the skulls take on much more urgent significance when she uncovers evidence of a much bigger crime, and suddenly Alex discovers she's a target and the White House itself is under fire.
 
The Silent Assassin is a tour-de-force thriller combining the intricate details of forensic science with the dark side of Washington politics and one of the freshest and most original characters in crime fiction today.


Blackwell North Amer
When a John Doe with a bayonet wound in his chest is discovered in a Washington, D.C., Dumpster, geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is pulled away from her bioterrorism work to aid in the investigation. Just a little digging reveals a corpse that's not at all that of a homeless robbery victim it was set up to resemble - and Alex and her colleagues find themselves wrapped up in a complicated mystery of high-stakes international financial intrigue.
The homicide investigation is just heating up when a political firestorm erupts over the AFIP's possession of human skulls brought back from Vietnam thirty years earlier by American servicemen. Alex is handed the delicate task of managing the restoration and return of these grisly souvenirs. Even the President of the United States has become involved, with the actual exchange scheduled to take place at a White House ceremony. Alex knows it's an important job - her father was a soldier killed in Vietnam, so she of all people is sensitive to the issues surrounding the war - but others think it's an outsized uproar over something that happened long ago. And the skulls take on much more urgent significance when she uncovers evidence of a much bigger crime. Suddenly Alex herself is a target and the White House is under fire.

Baker
& Taylor

When geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake, a bioterrorism researcher and forensic specialist at the Armed Forces Institute, is assigned the delicate task of returning several skulls brought home by American soldiers from Vietnam, she soon discovers that the case could be tied to another with a link to Vietnam as she and her colleagues follow the trail of a killer. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312352714
0312352719
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 25 cm

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