The Bill Damen series goes to the frontiers of current biomedical and genetic research to explore what it might mean to be a human being in a looming "posthuman" world. Bill's new partner, Clementine Pirez, adds spice to the proceedings with her sharp wit and fearless spirit in the latest novel, In a Family Way.
In a Family Way is about a parent’s nightmare: the fertility doctor who tinkers with the very essence of a child. Read more about the book here.
After his cousin’s daughter is kidnapped, Bill Damen is drawn into the world of embryo manipulation, where life, death, money, and power are chillingly intertwined. Working from his new office in a rundown warehouse at the foot of San Francisco's Potrero Hill, cinematographer-turned-detective Damen tracks one family’s journey into the dark realm of reproductive engineering in their attempt undo the past and redeem a tragedy. He soon discovers that the circumstances of their daughter’s birth have everything to do with her death.
The series explores, character by character, story by story, dilemmas we may all face as bioengineering gives some of us powers once reserved for the gods — powers embodied in embryo manipulation, assisted reproduction, and stem cell research (In a Family Way), cosmetic gene therapy (About Face), and the genetic modification of food (Knockout Mouse). Bill comes up against the truth that when science sets out to change human nature, human nature fights back.
Every god has its day—
What would you like to do with yours?
— Mephisto to Faust in DJ Enright's "A Faust Book"
Calder tells his story in witty prose that calls to mind Ross Macdonald.
—Washington Post Book World