Title: A Price for Genius
Author: Lin Wilder
Genre: Medical Mystery
Dr. Lindsey McCall's worst fears are realized. Not only have both drugs been stolen but two women have been kidnapped- one maybe dead. Lindsey had known Liisa Reardon's new drug was alchemy, only this time, the end product actually more precious than gold. The desperate call from Hank Reardon in Switzerland came late at night causing too many questions. And no answers. Could Lindsey and Rich Jansen uncover who was behind the crimes? It was an inside job-could they figure out who had sold out the Reardons? All in time to save Reardon's daughter and her chief tech Ariana? Were they risking their lives as well? The evil words smolder in her mind, the contents of the letter delivered to Hank Reardon: Hello Mr. Reardon, By the time you get this letter, it will be too late. We'll already have her. Here are the steps you must not take: Do not call the cops.
Do not contact Interpol.
Tell no one.
You must know Sir, there is a price for genius. We trust you will pay it if you want to see your daughter alive.
Suddenly regaining consciousness, Rich Jansen attempted to stand, then instantly regretted the abrupt movement. The pain began at the base of his head and exploded in successive and increasingly intense waves of agony, forcing him to close his eyes, hang his head and wait motionless. Remaining on his hands and knees for a minute, then two; waiting for the pain to subside, for the nausea to fade. Jansen finally risked opening his eyes. Squinting at the bright light, he very slowly and carefully moved his head from right to left. So far so good. Linoleum floor, shiny black and white. That noise… what is that sound? Aw no, don’t tell me, please God... The memories flooded back as Rich raised himself up to a crouch, knowing better than to immediately stand up. Gingerly reaching behind his head with his right hand, he winced when his fingers probed a large wet and tender swelling at the back of his head. Slowly he stood, swaying a bit while the vast room spun about him. Whatever they hit me with had carried one hell of a wallop. The phone call from Reardon had happened last night? Or wait, was it yesterday? The minute he hung up the phone, Rich had called the airport to secure a seat on the next flight i to Zurich. Sixteen hours later, he was in Lausanne, Switzerland, and had arrived at the animal research labs in the corporate offices of Andrews, Sacks, and Levine, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. The elfin-like Ariana had been showing him where the test mice were kept when everything went black. Quickly looking around for her, Jansen saw only a few spots of blood and some scuff marks. And, ugh… hundreds of mice, scrabbling all over the lab; for whatever reason, whoever broke in decided to free the mice. Ariana was nowhere to be seen. The letter...where is the letter? Jansen reached into the pocket of his sports jacket, the one he’d had on since leaving San Luis Obispo, and breathed a sigh of relief when his right hand found the single page. A page now smeared with blood from his head wound. Hello Mr. Reardon, By the time you get this letter, it will be too late. We’ll already have her. Here are the steps you must NOT take: Do not call the cops. Do not contact Interpol. Tell no one.We’ll know if you contact the police or Interpol. We’ll know and we’ll kill her instantly. But we are civilized businesspeople; this is all about business after all. Do nothing at all until you hear from us. And you will hear from us, Mr. Reardon. You must know Sir, there is a price for genius. We trust you will pay it if you want to see your daughter alive. In the other pocket of his jacket, Jansen found his cell. He hit her number. Please pick up, please pick up. Heart hammering as he counted the rings, Jansen’s knees ii Lin Wilder nearly buckled with relief when his wife answered her phone. “Lindsey, where are you?” “At the track—I was just starting a run with Max.” Lindsey stopped still. She could hear the tension in her husband’s voice. “Honey, I need you to get here as soon as you can find someone to take care of Max and get a flight out to Zurich. We’ll pick you up at the airport.” “What happened Rich, what’s going on?” “Someone clubbed me while Ari was showing me around the lab. When I woke up, she was missing and the mice are running loose. Ari and I must have surprised whoever decided to steal Liisa’s research. Hank is—well, you can imagine how he is.” Grabbing a nearby chair to steady himself, “There’s a letter from Liisa’s kidnappers. We need you to figure out how to meet their demands, and we don’t have a lot of time.”
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Lin Wilder is the author of the Lindsey McCall medical mystery series, which includes The Fragrance Shed By A Violet, Do You Solemnly Swear? A Price for Genius, Malthus Revisited and Plausible Liars scheduled for release in fall of 2021. Recently, Lin began her ancient novel series which includes I, Claudia, My Name is Saul, and her newest, The Reluctant Queen- The Story of Esther will be released very soon.
Lin's memoir, Finding the Narrow Path, recounts her journey away from God and back again. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including five Feathered Quills, six IAN’s, four NABE Pinnacles, two Literary Titans, four NN Lights, and two Readers Favorite Best Book.
She lives on the central coast of California.
Signed copies of her books can be purchased at linwilder.com. Her weekly blog ranks in the first third of the top 100 Christian blogs and book reviews
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