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Moody, Skye Kathleen.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 1999.
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274 pages ; 22 cm
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In this environmental mystery, Venus Barr investigates Breedhaven, an elite research center on an island off the coast of Washington state that is working to save endangered species by harvesting, freezing, and eventually cloning the embryos of its rare animals.

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Booklist Review

When arson and murder strike a research lab partly funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Agent Venus Diamond and her quirky, tough colleagues come to investigate. In this fourth Venus Diamond mystery, the series heroine finds that determined investigating and hard work are not enough to crack the case; she must also learn about genetic engineering and undertake astronaut training. This book's strong pace might be enough to overcome its more flawed aspects, which include an uneven writing style and a patched-together plot. Readers may find the formal, wooden people in Venus' mother's and husband's affluent circle of friends grating--especially in comparison to the gritty realism of the crime and Venus' fellow Fish and Wildlife agents. A misstep in an otherwise solid series; recommended only where the author has a following. --John Rowen

Publisher's Weekly Review

The latest environmental mystery featuring Venus Diamond, a Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife agent, continues to showcase Seattle and the San Juan Islands. Venus has been on leave from her job since her marriage to Richard Winters, and she has missed the work. So when Richard is suddenly offered work consulting on forest fires in the Ivory Coast, Venus is thrilled when her old boss, Oly Olsson, asks her to investigate an arson case involving a former colleague and very close friend. The remains of Dr. Hannah Strindberg, brilliant embryologist and founder of Breedhaven, a radical experimental genetics clinic on Helix Island, have been left at the arson scene along with the bodies of 13 other prominent international scientists. Strindberg's research on endangered species and her bold experiment to save them by genetic engineering was extremely controversial. When Strindberg's will is read at a meeting of relatives and Breedhaven trustees, Venus learns that she herself has been named the primary guardian of "Hannah's Ark," Strindberg's collection of endangered species embryos. The will also stipulates that Venus is to accompany the ark aboard a NASA space shuttle that will place it into an orbiting space station for safekeeping. This plan doesn't sit well with the trustees, and it isn't long before things fall apart. Hannah's Ark disappears. Venus suddenly finds herself on somebody's endangered species list, and she uncovers a frightening plan for genetic experimentation that might involve the Russian mafia. What's remarkable about this absurdly plotted novel is that the doings remain sufficiently engrossing to keep readers from suspending their interest along with their disbelief. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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