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The Genesis Code (1997)

by John Case

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Joe Lassiter is an ex-FBI investigator bent on revenge . His sister and young nephew have been murdered and the killer hospitalised. Despite warnings from the police Lassiter will stop at nothing to discover why. His search leads him to uncover an attempt by the Vatican to destroy all traces of a discovery that has sent them into such an alarm, that they have charged a right-wing fundamentalist hit-squad to rid the world of all evidence of it. The discovery originates from a confession in a remote village in Italy. A confession that sends the local priest into a panic and the Vatican into an uproar. The confession belongs to the late Dr Franco Baresi, and concerns the work at his fertility clinic - a fertility clinic that Lassiter's sister attended and, as he horrifyingly discovers, all the other victims in a recent series of murders that have swept the world. Women who were infertile until they attended the clinic. Lassiter must discover the remaining mothers before the hit men, and meanwhile his sister's killer is on the loose...… (more)
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A priest in a small village in Italy hears the confession of a doctor that sends the priest to the Vatican immediately. Joe Lassiter has a large, successful, private investigative agency. Life is good. And then his sister and her young son are killed in a blast that burns their home to the ground. The fire was professionally set. Then he learns they were killed before the fire. Why? She was an NPR producer with a very ordinary life. This very well crafted story that is gripping until the last word. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
I almost abandoned this one early on when the 'bad guys' were revealed to be a traditional Catholic order. This is not the first time I've come across this in fiction. Dan Brown is the worst and most famous offender on this front having heaped nothing less than calumny on the pious society of Opus Dei, but there have been others. The authors names escape me because I tossed the books as soon as the writer's bigotry against traditional Catholics became apparent. It puzzles me to no end why so many writers go out of their way to dream up evil acts for traditional Catholic priests, monks and nuns in their stories to commit when the news is chock full of real evils committed by modernist and liberal Catholics. (For instance, with two notable exceptions, every priest known to have abused an altar boy has been a celebrant of the Novus Ordo Mass and not the ancient Tridentine Rite.) This book's author shares the irrational need to associate all things pre Vatican 2 with silly superstition, banal bigotries and of course, anti-science hysterics. He at least had the decency to invent his own 'traditional order,' The Umbra Domini, rather than heap abuse on a real life traditional Catholic society.

Despite this grave flaw, I pressed forward with this tale because 1) It was both a well-written and well-paced thriller and 2) I was curious to learn what the story's sci-fi hook would be (this too did not disappoint.) ( )
  Carlos-Carrasco | Apr 25, 2016 |
Having determined the main reason behind the multiple murders I was impatient for Joe Lassiter to catch up. The twist of the FULL reason behind the murders was well conceived and laid out quite well. Being that the book was written nearly twenty years ago, the 'tech' explanations are very quaint. Much has also changed regarding the ability to obtain credit reports from 'bucket companies'. (Spolier alert) A pleasing ending but wouldn't have minded a few more pages that let the setup of their new identities and their relationship unfold some more. Have purchased several other books from this author based on this book. ( )
  skraft001 | Dec 25, 2015 |
This did not live up to the book cover's promise of "a spellbinding biomedical thriller...terrifying." Its few moments of suspense were within the time period when the main character (Joe Lassiter) avoided the antagonists in Europe. There's nothing particularly wrong or interesting about it. If an easy, fast, and predictable reading experience is needed and this is what is available, it would meet that need. ( )
  karmiel | Jul 28, 2015 |
Takes a very similar route to other books in this genre in that the lead character, sets out to solve clues and get to the bottom of the mystery. Despite this it is an interesting and intriguing book, with good use of the religious aspects. ( )
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God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made... Nicene Creed, Council of Chalcedon, 451 C.E.
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For Bob LaBrasca 1943-1992 Bodhistattva from Racine
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Joe Lassiter is an ex-FBI investigator bent on revenge . His sister and young nephew have been murdered and the killer hospitalised. Despite warnings from the police Lassiter will stop at nothing to discover why. His search leads him to uncover an attempt by the Vatican to destroy all traces of a discovery that has sent them into such an alarm, that they have charged a right-wing fundamentalist hit-squad to rid the world of all evidence of it. The discovery originates from a confession in a remote village in Italy. A confession that sends the local priest into a panic and the Vatican into an uproar. The confession belongs to the late Dr Franco Baresi, and concerns the work at his fertility clinic - a fertility clinic that Lassiter's sister attended and, as he horrifyingly discovers, all the other victims in a recent series of murders that have swept the world. Women who were infertile until they attended the clinic. Lassiter must discover the remaining mothers before the hit men, and meanwhile his sister's killer is on the loose...

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