The Silent Assassin

By Lori Andrews
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312352714, 304pp.)

Publication Date: May 15, 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback

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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.

About the Author

Lori Andrews is a nationally renowned expert on law and genetics, called in by governments and professional groups ranging from the emirate of Dubai to the French National Assembly, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the College of American Pathologists. When the federal government undertook the $3 billion Human Genome Project, she was chosen to chair the federal advisory committee dealing with the legal, ethical, and social implications of the project. Andrews is a tenured professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and directs the Institute for Science, Law and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The National Law Journal listed her one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. Andrews is the author of ten acclaimed nonfiction titles, including Body Bazaar and The Clone Age. This is her second novel. She lives in Chicago. Visit her online at

Praise For The Silent Assassin

Praise for Lori Andrews and Sequence
"Andrews clearly knows her subject matter.... The novel generates plenty of excitement and should be recommended to fans of forensic-based thrillers in the Reichs and Cornwall mold."
"Alex is a fabulous protagonist, a beautiful, brilliant woman who tempers her toughness with a hidden emotional side. The science of genetics is temperately discussed, never overwhelming the balance of this expertly crafted mystery."
---Romantic Times BOOKreviews
"Sequence is a cutting-edge forensic thriller with a smart, edgy female protagonist."
---Chuck Hogan, author of Prince of Thieves
"Sequence is fast-paced and fascinating, the perfect combination of modern genetics and a beguiling investigator who traces her lineage right back to Sam Spade. You can't ask for anything more: Sequence is fun and important, too."
---Craig Nova, author of Cruisers
"Sequence is a marvelous, whip-smart thriller with a twist---a double helix sort of twist, that is. In Alexandra Blake, a brilliant and resolute D.C. geneticist with a taste for old cars and major commitment issues, Andrews has given us a protagonist who already feels like an old friend. Here's hoping she's with us for a long, long time."
---Dylan Schaffer, author of the Misdemeanor Man mysteries
"Sequence is a great combination of interesting science and likable characters."
---Elizabeth Becka, author of Trace Evidence

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