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DIRK WYLE


Mystery-Thriller Author



Presents the adventures of



Dirk Wyle by the Pacific Ocean

   

Ben Candidi
(biomedical scientist)
         
    
and
    
         
Rebecca Levis
(world health physician)



A Two-Career Couple



   
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About the Critically Acclaimed Five-Book Series:

Pelicans at Coconut Grove Florida waterfront

(Coconut Grove Pelicans)
   
"First-class mystery."

Booklist

    on Pharmacology Is Murder

"... a potent mix of science, business and crime."

Publishers Weekly

    on Biotechnology Is Murder

"Nifty, light-hearted and deadly."

Edna Buchanan, author of Garden of Evil


   
   

". . . a combination white collar crime medical thriller hard-boiled mystery. ... Ben Candidi doesn't carry a gun or have a PI license. He's witty, complex and a very different sleuth."

— Lane Wright, Mystery Books About.com
   
Amphibious ultralight airplane on Biscayne Bay

(Miami Ultralight)
   
   

 "Wyle creates Ben as the playful idealized man: Mensa member; looks like Frankie Avalon; can fight like a pit bull; has a steady relationship with the beautiful Rebecca while tossing off adversaries with stumbling panache and outwitting the evil . . ."

— Shelley Glodowski, Midwest Review

    on Medical School Is Murder

   


BEN & REBECCA'S FIRST FIVE ADVENTURES
    
("Straightforward" medical and scientific projects entangle them in mystery and intrigue in the exotic locations.)



    
   

Cover, Bahamas West End Is Murder

ISBN 1-56825-100-9
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Mystery, adventure and intrigue in the Bahamas

Bahamas West End Is Murder

Fifth Book in the Ben Candidi Series

As vacationing Ben Candidi and Rebecca Levis sail through International Waters toward Grand Bahama Island, they receive a strange welcome — a sinking cabin cruiser with a dead man at the helm. Ben knows how to patch bullet holes below the waterline and Rebecca knows how to estimate time of death. And they agree that the West End marina is the right place to bring the body. To avoid trouble, they play it dumb and treat the cocaine-smuggling marina tenants as the divers and sport fishermen they are pretending to be. Unfortunately, the mailbox corporation in Miami that owns the yacht ignores Ben's $100,000 salvage claim — and the Bahamian police won't let him move the yacht to Florida. The harder Ben and Rebecca press their claim, the more sinister West End becomes. Should they cut their losses and run? Or is it too late already?


"Wyle . . . blends scientific smarts with quirky characters in another fine outing . . . ."
     —     BOOKLIST (May 1, 2005)


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Book Clubs & Background:

Mystery     Literary     Scientific

Ben and Rebecca, a Two-Career Couple

Press Room

   
        Cover, Amazon Gold

Medical anthropology, drug discovery, mystery and adventure on the Amazon

Amazon Gold

Fourth Book in the Ben Candidi Series


Ben signed up to be a highly paid pharmaceutical consultant, not an industrial spy in Miami.

Rebecca signed up to be a world health physician, not a hostage in the Brazilian Amazon.

But strange things can happen when you discover a new kind of gold.


"Wyle has given the hard-boiled thriller a scientific twist, making his novels pleasing for both their intrigue and their intellect."
     —     BOOKLIST (Aug. 1, 2003)

   
   
ISBN 1-56825-095-9

Softcover, 338 pages, $6.95

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Sample Chapters


A Word from the Author


Book Clubs & Background:

Mystery     Literary     Scientific

   
   
Cover, Medical School Is Murder

ISBN 1-56825-084-3
Softcover, 286 pages, $7.95
Available at

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or
your local bookstore

Organized criminal activity at a big-city medical center?




Medical School is Murder


Third Novel in the Ben Candidi Series


     Ben inherits a dead scientist's lab — and a legacy of trouble.


A new kind of medical thriller!

   
     

THE STORY:

     When Rebecca said it was a great opportunity, Ben had to agree. But with Rebecca in the middle of her training program, Ben's opportunity will mean separation for six months.

     Ben leaves his physician soul mate in Washington, DC, and returns to Miami's Bryan Medical School to take over a dead scientist's laboratory and two-year grant. And when he is offered $20,000 to write the biography prescribed in eccentric Dr. Peterson's will, Ben accepts that opportunity, too.

     Collecting humorous anecdotes about the old bachelor and WW-II hero is simple, but making sense of his after-hours "crusades for science and reason" is much harder for Ben. Dr. Peterson made many enemies when he spoke out on public corruption, the right to die, abortion, animal experimentation, human cloning and meat irradiation.

     And how should Ben deal with rumors that Dr. Peterson had falsified his lab data on dietary supplements? Should Ben heed anonymous warnings to stop looking for substance in Dr. Peterson's crusades? Was last night's burglary just another random act of Miami violence?

     Can Ben write off the poorly documented crusades as the delusions of an attention-starved old man? Or was it something other than a heart attack that left Old Pete floating in the canal by Bryan Medical School?
     

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Book Clubs & Background:

Mystery     Literary     Scientific



   

Cover, Biotechnology Is Murder

ISBN 1-56825-045-2
Softcover, 272 pages, $7.95
Available at

Amazon.com, $7.95

or
your local bookstore

   

Is the new and promising cancer drug worth its 20 million-dollar price tag?




Biotechnology Is Murder


Second Novel in the Ben Candidi Series




     Ben is hired to answer the 20-million-dollar question and the situation turns nasty.

    "A potent mix of science, business and crime," said Publishers Weekly.
   
   

What the Reviewers Said:

"Nifty, light-hearted and deadly."

— Edna Buchanan, author of Garden of Evil


"... a potent mix of science, business and crime."

— Publishers Weekly

"Against the backdrop of this intriguing mystery, the author takes us on a tour through the Byzantine world of high finance and biotechnology."

— Dr. Charles C. Ouimet reviewing for the HMS Beagle (BioMedNet)


"... technically accurate and exciting."

— Ronald K. Wright, MD, JD, Chief Medical Examiner Emeritus, Broward County, FL


More Reviews

   
THE STORY:

     While Rebecca is gone, working in a Jamaican hospital, Ben Candidi (Ph.D.-to-be) is offered a chance to earn $24,000 for a four-day consulting job. Boston venture capitalist Dr. Brian Broadmoore needs to know whether BIOTECH Florida, Inc. is worth buying for $20 million. The Miami company has three candidate drugs that shrink tumors with amazing speed. But BIOTECH's inventor is amazingly defensive about his patents. BIOTECH's President is blustering and Chief Scientist Cheryl North is playing mind games. And Dr. Broadmoore is surprising quiet.

     And when Ben walks into the inventor's office to find him dead — cold and clammy — from no apparent cause, he knows it had to be murder. But how and why? Soon Ben is crawling in a web of intrigue. He shakes hard once and it ensnares Rebecca. He shakes hard twice and he's fighting for his life.


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Book Clubs & Background:

Mystery     Literary     Scientific


   
   

Cover, Pharmacology Is Murder

ISBN 1-56825-038-X
Softcover, 384 pages, $6.95
Available at

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or
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or
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Ben's first adventure begins when he quits his job as CSI lab technician to enroll in a Ph.D. program in pharmacology.




Pharmacology Is Murder


First Book in the Ben Candidi Series




Now Ben's ex-boss is asking him to investigate his professors as murder suspects!



   
   

What the Reviewers Said:

“First-time novelist Dirk Wyle skillfully pairs the tone of the hard-boiled mystery with the intricate scientific detail common to the medical thriller.  The result is an excellent whodunit. . . . a first-class mystery that combines elements of Michael Crichton, Patricia Cornwell, and even Edna Buchanan.”

— Booklist Mystery Showcase
American Library Association

"... one fine debut mystery, combining scientific method with a quirky, humanistic scientist/detective and resulting in the perfect compound ... inventive, intriguing, and, most importantly, evocatively drawn. If you like a puzzle, you'll love this one."

- Les Standiford, author of  Black Mountain.


"Dirk Wyle fuses Miami's cosmopolitan setting with academic intrigue, scientific discoveries, romance and murder to create a unique read. ... this book delivers. ... Wyle explains scientific jargon and theories in clear layman's terms, mixing investigations with in-depth character studies to explore all aspects of the crime."

— Devorah Stone, The Quill


More Reviews

   
THE STORY:

     Talented but professionally dead-ended, Ben Candidi is almost grateful when Chief Medical Examiner Westley fires him "for his own good." Dr. Westley persuades Ben to enter the pharmacology Ph.D. program at nearby Bryan Medical School — and to conduct an undercover investigation. Dr. Westley believes it was murder-by-professor, using a poison that left no trace. But with a half-dozen suspect profs, and with hundreds of their toxins and laboratory drugs to choose from, Ben finds the assignment next to impossible — until he meets a medical student named Rebecca Levis.

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Book Clubs & Background:

Mystery     Literary     Scientific

   

    
Dirk Wyle has created a different type of amateur sleuth —
a soft-boiled hero who turns hard-boiled when the heat is on.

   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Thirty years as a career scientist, medical school professor and entrepreneur provided the means for early retirement and the material on which the Ben Candidi Series is based.

Professional page at  LinkedIn    Biomedical research publications     U.S. patents

(for Duncan H. Haynes, Ph.D.)

   
Dirk Wyle in Miami Financial District
   
   
Dirk Wyle in Florence
   
DIRK WYLE'S


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Dirk Wyle's literary goal is to tell a good story.

His benchmarks include tight plotting, authentic detail, vivid characterization and interesting locations.
   
    His Ben Candidi mysteries take place in Miami, the Bahamas, the Brazilian Amazon and other unusual locations where has lived or visited.     Dirk Wyle with Amazon riverboat    
    Sailing the Bahamas in The Gizmo, his 34-ft. ketch
     
    His interests include the South Florida and Bahamian waters and marine ecology.    
   

Other interests include Latin-American and European culture. He worked and studied in Germany for four years.

Professional and recreational travel has taken him through all regions of the U.S.
   
Dirk Wyle at University of Bologna
   
      Dirk Wyle with his dog, Scotty     Dirk Wyle has shown that a 21st-Century novel can ring with literary overtones and rumble with serious undertones, with no loss of reader-friendliness.

He is hard at work on a sixth Ben Candidi/Rebecca Levis adventure and on other literary projects.
   

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    Dirk's writing affiliations include membership in the Mystery Writers of America with service on its judging committees for the Edgar Allen Poe Awards. He received the Icon Award from the South Florida Writers organization. He appears frequently at national literary events and does bookstore readings across the country.
   
    
    KEYWORDS FOR NON-FICTION CONTENT OF THE NOVELS:   pharmacology, drugs, biotechnology, biomedical research, medical school, medical education, Ph.D., M.D., drug discovery, drug development, ethnobotany, marine science, pharmaceutical science, FDA, patents, drug manufacture, marine ecology, rainforest ecology, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, botany, anatomy and physiology, ecosystems, nanotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, forensic science, neuroscience, forensics, popular science, chemistry, zoology, anthropology, CSI, patents, crime scene investigation, marine exploration, Bahamas, Brazil, Amazon region, Amazon rainforest, Amazon Basin, Florida, Amazon Indians, Yanomama Indians, Yanomamo Indians, shamanism, Bahamian history, Bahamian geography, Little Bahama Bank, Grand Bahama Island, nautical, yachting, snorkeling, scuba, sailing
   


DIRK WYLE'S PICK OF THE MONTH


   


ONE-HOUR EVENING NEWS PROGRAM, BROADCAST 6-7 P.M. WEEKDAYS AND AVAILABLE 24/7 ON THE WEB


Full hour


No annoying commercials


Reports all major news stories (of type handled by ABC, CBS or NBC) in first 20 minutes


Large team of first-class, on-location foreign correspondents who speak the language and understand the country


Top quality video, graphics and mapping


Covers the two most important news stories in-depth, interviewing two opposing experts (e.g. progressive vs. conservative; Democrat vs. Republican; disagreeing statesmen; etc.) together, stimulating cross-talk and argument.


Non-partisan treatment


High in factual content


Indespensible aid to getting beyond the "sound bite."


   





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