Who killed seventy-five scientists and why?

Short Description: This novella is set in Austin, Texas beginning around now.  It is a prequel to The Slow Kill.

A University of Texas art student, Isa Vedkka, comes home to find police on her doorstep. They tell her that her microbiologist mother and engineer father as well as all of her parents’ coworkers are dead. Isa wants to understand what happened. She enlists the assistance of investigative journalist Rory Burke to find out. The pair have no idea where this search will take them.

Author Comment:  The Universal Vaccine is a flu vaccine that does not need to be modified every year.  In this book, the vaccine protects against a virus that is both airborne or deadly with physical contact.

Science Fiction Mystery

Published:  December 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9913907-2-4

First Look Publishing

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  • A pdf of the first ten pages 

  • Availability for guest appearance at your book club

  • Availability for a presentation about mixing today's science with novel writing


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