"Excellent journalistic investigative tale"
Benson University in upstate Gabriel, New York is in
the midst of a major debate over genetically engineered
foods. One side of the heated controversy sees this as a
means to feed the world population and end the Malthus
effect. On the other side, opponents believe science is
running amuck Dr. Frankenstein style destroying future
generations of third world people.
When the Gabriel Monitor science reporter Jake "Mad"
Madison mixes alcohol and prescription drugs to mend a
broken heart, he lands in the hospital, which leaves Alex
Bernier to report on the food controversy. Brilliant
botanist Dr. Kate Barnett leads the genetic food
experiments, but is soon found murdered in her laboratory.
Alex investigates the homicide looking at the activities of
the Don't Break the Food Chain opposition as well as Kate's
scientific cronies knowing that either side could hide a
murdered amidst their crowd.
BAD SEED is a good, make that excellent, journalistic
investigative tale that uses modern scientific debate as a
mechanism to set up the motive for a homicide. The story
line is fast paced, but clearly belongs to Gen Xer Alex
whose retorts provide the audience with humor even as she
takes her inquiries quite seriously. Beth Saulnier has
written a wonderful novel that is part of a strong series
worth reading by fans of investigative tales.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 29, 2002