Patent to Kill (Mass Market Paperback)

By April Christofferson

Forge Books, 9780812574692, 432pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2005



Christofferson's gripping novels of medical suspense have drawn favorable comparisons to the work of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook. Now she returns with a page-turning thriller that explores the cutting edge of medicine--and murder.

It is a new crime for a new century. Biopiracy: the theft of the healing secrets of isolated, indigenous peoples. Rapacious pharmaceutical companies swoop down on remote Third World tribes, steal their folk medicine, native cures, and even human blood, then reap tremendous profits from the patents.

Dr. Jake Scully doesn't want to think that his employer, Genchrom, is exploiting anyone, let alone killing natives for the unique properties of their DNA, but when he tries to blow the whistle on the company's criminal activities, he places his own life--and his family--in danger.

About the Author

April Christofferson, an attorney with a background in biotechnology, lives in Seattle with her family. She holds an undergraduate degree in biology and did graduate work in veterinary medicine.

Praise For Patent to Kill

"Patent to Kill is a fascinating medical thriller on a par with the works of Robin Cook. Readers experience the beauty and danger of the Amazon jungle in counterpoint to corporate America's thirst for money. April Christofferson keeps the reader interested by never letting up on the action but also creating a moral hero, one who is it is easy to care about."--Midwest Book Review

"Patent to Kill is a fascinating medical thriller on a par with the works of Robin Cook."