Medical School Is Murder: A Ben Candidi Mystery (Ben Candidi Mysteries)

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This is the third title in the Ben Candidi Mystery Series by real-life biomedical scientist Dirk Wyle. Back Cover Copy: When Rebecca said it was a great career opportunity, Ben had to agree. But with Rebecca in the middle of her training program, Ben's opportunity will mean separation for six months. Ben Candidi, Ph.D., leaves his physician soulmate in Washington DC and returns to Miami's Bryan Medical School to take over a dead scientist's laboratory and two-year grant. And when he is offered $20,000 to write the biography prescribed in eccentric Dr. Peter Peterson's will, Ben accepts that opportunity, too.Collecting humorous anecdotes about the talkative old bachelor and WW-II hero is simple, but making sense of his after-hours crusades for science and reason is much harder. Dr. Peterson made many enemies when he spoke out on public corruption, the right to die, abortion, animal experimentation, human cloning and meat irradiation. And how should Ben deal with rumors that Dr. Peterson had falsified his lab data on dietary supplements? Should Ben heed anonymous warnings to stop looking for substance in Dr. Peterson's crusades? Was last night's burglary just another random act of Miami violence? And what should he tell Rebecca, the next time she calls from Washington? Can he write off the poorly-documented crusades as the delusions of an attention-starved old man? Or was it something other than a heart attack that left Old Pete floating in the canal by Bryan Medical School?

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Gratifying reader response has solidified my commitment to Ben Candidi (Ph.D.-to-be) and his fiancée Rebecca Levis (M.D.-to-be). After the dust — salt spray, actually — settled from Biotechnology is Murder, Ben sat me down for a heart-to-heart talk. He didn't mind being challenged by mystery culminating in life-or-death situations, but he wouldn't do it again for a fat cat venture capitalist. Could I find someone more worthy of his sacrifices? A World War II hero, maybe? So I gave him Peter Peterson, Ph.D., WW-II reconnaissance photographer, long- time professor at Miami's Bryan Medical School, confirmed bachelor, and self-styled activist. I gave him Dr. Peterson floating in a canal by the med school, dead of an apparent heart attack. As an incentive, I offered him Dr. Peterson's job and working laboratory.

Of course, there would be a price to pay: temporary separation from Rebecca and a legacy of trouble from Dr. Peterson. Why had the eccentric old professor gone out of his way to make enemies, speaking out on every damn controversial topic from human cloning to animal rights? How could anyone in his right mind call those letters to the editor and talk show ranting a crusade? And was there any truth to the rumors that Dr. Peterson had falsified laboratory data? After giving the reader solid clues, I gave Ben a crazy poem composed by the old prof. I hope my readers enjoy playing along in the guessing game as Ben gropes his way towards ugly but fascinating truth. And when the truth comes fluttering down like autumn leaves, please rest assured that Ben, Rebecca and I are hard at work on their fourth and fifth adventures.

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Dirk Wyle is the pen name of Duncan H. Haynes, Ph.D., a 30-year veteran of biomedical science. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and in Germany and has served as a medical school professor, conducting research in abnormal blood coagulation and drug delivery. He invented a drug microencapsulation technology, which lead to the founding of three companies employing approximately 65 people. He retired as a professor in early 2001. Dirk Wyle has a passion for fleshing out the skeleton of the traditional mystery with the muscle and sinew of biomedical science. His stories (Pharmacology Is Murder, 1998; Biotechnology Is Murder, 2000; and Medical School Is Murder, 2001) take place in authentically rendered medical centers and drug companies. His free-spirited protagonist, Ben Candidi, accepts the dual challenge finding the murderer and discovering what made him (or her) do it in the first place. Considering guns to be overused devices, Dirk gives literary preference to methods that could fool a coroner but not a dedicated mystery buff. Dirk has received the Icon Award from the National Writers Association (S. FL chapter), he is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and his Pharmacology Is Murder was selected as the Best First Mystery of 1998 by Joe's Detective Pages. He is hard at work on the fourth and fifth books in the series.

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