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Gataca (Franck Sharko #4)

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L'évolution est une exception. La règle, c'est l'extinction.

Une jeune scientifique spécialiste de l'évolution des espèces, retrouvée morte, attaquée par un primate.
Onze hommes derrière les barreaux. Leurs points communs: tous ont commis des crimes barbares et tous sont... gauchers.
Enfin, la découverte d'une famille de Néandertaliens assassinée par un Cro-Magnon.
Quel est le
Paperback, 509 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Fleuve noir (first published 2011)
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I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Bred to Kill was released previously as Gataca in several languages and it has now made it's was to an American audience.
An unsung hero award for this title goes to the translator Mark Polizzotti as his work to cross languages helps this book shine just like I'm sure it did in its native language.
This novel is an excellent combination of cutting edge science and fast paced thriller. The scientific jargon is app
I received a free advanced copy from Goodreads First Reads. Thank you, Viking!
What a great read! I liked Bred to Kill even more than the prequel, Syndrome E. As a lefty, it was beyond interesting to read about the genetics of hand-dominance. I'm not sure if all the science is real, but it sounds plausible. Why haven't we lefties disappeared long ago, in a world where everything is made for right-handed people, why hasn't evolution made us obsolete? All the information about DNA and genetic codin
My Inner Shelf
Ce que j’aime chez Thilliez, c’est qu’on peut attaquer n’importe lequel de ses romans, n’importe quand, et on n’est jamais déçu ! Une valeur sûre, comme on dit. Ce roman fait suite au Syndrome E, mais peut se lire indépendamment. Nous retrouvons Lucie et Sharko dans de tristes circonstances, à l’aube d’une enquête complexe et échevelée, où chacun remontera le fil noueux du mystère. Deux pistes qui vont bientôt se rejoindre de manière inattendue et particulièrement tarabiscotée. Encore une fois, ...more
Alors, autant le dire tout de suite, Franck Thilliez, je l'adore! Sa façon d'écrire, le suspens qui monte petit à petit, des enquêtes époustouflantes où se mêlent faits scientifiques incroyables mais pourtant réels à une petite pointe de fiction pour que l'histoire puisse s'écrire, c'est toujours un pur plaisir que de lire ses fantastiques thrillers!

Bon, jusqu'à maintenant, j'ai eu le même sentiment en finissant mes lectures: des sujets scientifiques relativement complexes et peu connus, qui, so
Vanessa Delamare
I prefered this book to the first one and by far. First, because I've learned a lot of things on genetic - thank you to the meticulous research done by the author and his real gift to vulgarise complex concepts - then, because I loved to meet again with Lucie and Franck and last because the rythm never faltered and I love that!

We find again Lucie and Franck who succeed once again in drawing their strength from their weaknesses and their rage to lead to end their investigation. I am very surprise
Angela Leon
En realidad 4,5 estrellas. Una trama perfectamente trazada, final redondo y muy instructiva.
Aug 15, 2015 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Sometimes slow, but ultimately drew me into the story. A clever blend of science fiction, mystery, suspense and thriller. I was interested because I'd read a previous book featuring the two main charachers; Syndrome E. This book picks up after the disturbing events near the end of the previous one.

Detective Lucy Henebelle and former chief inspector Sharko, who has returned to regular duty in homocide, approach related mysteries brought up in Syndrome E. Coming at the problem for different reaso
Allenylson Ferreira
Que livro! Confesso que quando eu comprei ele só foi mesmo por causa do preço (estava por $6). Mas como me surpreendi com Franck Thilliez! Uma mistura de drama policial, ciência, antropologia, história e adrenalina. Tem uma pintada de horror, algo que me fez perder umas horas de sono. Gataca conta a história de dois policiais, Franck e Lucie, que juntos investigam uma sequência de crimes que estão interligados, um deles ocorrido há mais de dez mil anos. O motivo de Lucie voltar a investigar é o ...more
Notre auteur n'a pas été de main morte avec Lucie.
Je suis tombée dans le panneau en pensant qu'il n'y avait qu'une survivante .. Je ne me suis même pas rendue compte que l'autre était un fantôme .. 'sorry pour le mini spoil mais dés les 1ère pages, on est dans le bain). Faut dire qu'il n'y avait que 45% de mon cerveau qui était hors brouillard quand j'ai commencé ce roman.

Sharko, lui aussi en a pris pour son grade .. Ironie quand tu me tiens.

Ici, j'ai lu la 4ème de couverture .. en effet, quel

Después del final de infarto con el que acabó "El Síndrome E", era imposible no leer su continuación. Y no decepciona en absoluto.
El díptico sobre la violencia que ha creado Franck Thilliez sobrecoge; creando uno de los mejores thrillers policiacos que he leído. ¿Estás dispuesto a acompañar a Lucie Henebelle y a Franck Sharko a las raíces del mal?

Adéntrate en el universo de la Evolución y el ADN; adéntrate en G-A-T-A-C-A
John M.
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

And if I am being honest, I probably would have overlooked this book otherwise. The author's name sounds made up and that would have turned me off from buying it. The book is translated from the author's native French and is published in English and you would never notice.

I used to read a lot of Patricia Cornwell but I stopped because she is too "medical", I now read a lot of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child who defini
Just one thing to say after this reading: YES!!!!

I must confess that I had not liked so much a Franck Thilliez' book since I read "L'Anneau de Moebius"! Damn, what a great job the author did! I'm not the best friend of science, but I'm definitely curious about life. So this journey to our ancestors (!) and genetics was really interesting and formative! I couldn't help my mind wondering and asking tons of questions during this reading. And -yay!- this is what is the best with good writers! And be
I received this ARC through First Reads and would like to thank the author, Frank Thilliez, and Goodreads for this opportunity. Also, thumbs up to Mark Polizzotti for the English translation.

From start to 'near' finish, I didn't want to put this one down. Diving into the depths of the human genome, the life in miniature we still have so far to go to understand, creates the backdrop of this book and makes it all too real. All too possible. Well, at least for most of us who know next to nothing ab
Trina Knittle
Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

This was a good read. I was a little unsure on whether or not I would enjoy this book. But by the end of reading it I am happy to say I did indeed enjoy this book quite a lot. I can definitely see myself reading more from this author in the future. It was a very interesting concept and quite original. Worth a read.
not bad, reminded me of michael chrichton

With Bred to Kill, the second English release from the Inspector Sharko series (the sequel to Syndrome E), Franck Thilliez carves a niche for himself by wrapping his thrillers in science, wielding biology as other writers utilize dark streets and shady characters.

Modern mystery writers aren’t kind to their detectives, running them through gauntlets of pain and loss. It’s as if simply creating characters who solve crimes propels authors to sadistic levels in their fictional wor
Juliana Rose
The entirety of the book was a well constructed, extensively researched, intelligent plotline. I was enthralled through most of it, with the exception of a few portions that I could have done throughout. This is right up my alley, a mystery intertwined with science.

What prevented this from being a full five stars for me was that it wrapped up a bit too neatly. After weaving delicate details throughout the book, the author leaves many of them unaddressed. It felt as though a 300 plus page book w
In the year since their investigation of the mysterious Syndrome E, Sharko and Hennebelle have dealt with some huge emotional blows. Shortly after coming together, they were separated by a tragedy neither of them will likely ever overcome. Sharko has taken a voluntary demotion, which has placed him back on the streets. His latest case involves a grad student found dead at a primate research facility. The only witness - and suspect - is a chimp trapped in the pen with the dead body. Before Sharko ...more
Wow!! All I can say is Michael Crichton must have come back to life as a French author! I've now read both of Thilliez's books that were translated into English, and I dearly hope there will be more. This book brings Sharko and Lucie back together (no spoilers here about how the previous book ended - you'll have to read it) to delve into some brutal murders and the biological root of this particular evil. It's tough to put down, and has a lot of fascinating background information on DNA, retrovi ...more
Suzanne Arcand
Je peux facilement comprendre pourquoi ce livre plait tant. C'est un mélange de "Da Vinci Code" pour la course d'un endroit à l'autre (mais en mieux) et de "Jurassic Park" pour le discours scientifique. L'auteur se laisse même inspirer par "The Heart of Darkness" pour la remontée de la rivière dans une jungle humide vers un personnage mystérieux. Ça ne fait pas de Gataca un classique loin de là.

Le scénario m'a tenu en haleine. Je voulais savoir comment ça se termine. J'avais de la difficulté à d
Tom Donaghey
BRED TO KILL is the second thriller novel from French author Franck Thilliez, following on the heels and linked to his first translated work, Syndrome E. This novel should be read at a fast pace, which is easy enough to do as the author reintroduces the two cops from his previous novel. Here a year has passed and both are trying to cope with the effects of their previous case.
But you do not have had to read the first book as this one stands alone. Paris Inspector Sharko is a shell of the man h
Christine Van Heertum
Une excellente intrigue signée Franck Thilliez!
L'enlèvement de Juliette et de Clara, les petites filles de Lucie Hennebelle, a brisé le couple que la jeune femme formait avec Sharko. Ils se sont éloignés, s'enfonçant chacun de leur côté dans un enfer quotidien, peuplé de cauchemars. Lorsqu'une jeune primatologue est retrouvée assassinée, Sharko découvre très vite que cette affaire est liée au suicide du voleur d'enfants. Julie, qui a démissionné de la police, se lance dans sa propre enquête, déc

Después de lo mucho que me gustó El síndrome E, un apasionante thriller sobre el sentido de la vista y el poder del subconsciente humano, no he querido perderme un nuevo caso protagonizado por el comisario Sharko y la teniente Lucie Hennebelle, tándem narrativo que vuelve a funcionar a las mil maravillas gracias al profundo retrato psicológico que de ellos se realiza en la novela y a lo bien que cuajan sobre el terreno sus distintas personalidades. Una madre azotada por la tragedia, un hombre
J'ai bien aimée ce bouquin. J'ai lieu le Syndrome E par avant en anglais et je l'ai aussi bien aimée, voir plus probablement. J'ai trouvée que la traduction anglaise du premier roman manquait de quoi dans certaines instances mais après avoir lut le second roman je voix que le traducteur a fait quelque chose de magnifique avec un style et vocabulaire un peut plus typique. Je suis Canadienne et cela ne m'arrive pas souvent de lire des romans français et quand cela m'arrive ce sont typiquement de r ...more
This is a story of murder and genetics. The main characters – Inspector Sharko and ex-cop Lucie Henebelle are former lovers with dark secrets kept from each other and themselves. Starting with the murder of a graduate student performing laboratory research, tracing connections leads to a search for serial killers with traits that are unique, left-handed and brutally violent. The hunt for clues is world-wide, ranging from Paris, to the French country-side, the Alps and finally, the Amazon Jungle. ...more
Darlene Cruz
Excellent exciting sometimes got me crossed eyed. A lot of what if questions. Violence and brutally. Does it has something to do with DNA driven or society? Theft of a Cro-Magnon mummy to prove what? Genetic finding and more questions. Psychological ride searching of evidence to tie things all together. Evolutionary phenomenon, can it prove why one type of person resort to it while another does not? Left-hand versus right hand? The author wrote it so well the only hiccup, to much scientific (stu ...more
Very interesting sequel to Syndrome E. I love the DNA plot, the idea of left-handed dominance being something that points to a violent person. My husband reads/watches a lot of true crime stuff, and he says there are some definite characteristics shared by serial killers, such as bed-wetting and the tendency to be drawn to fires, namely setting them. Also violence against animals, of course.

Good book. Looking forward to the next installment.
What an innovative plot this book held. Maybe a bit too sciencey for your lesser biologically inclined individuals, but I feel that this story would be engaging regardless of whether or not you fully understood the profusion of genetics spread throughout this story. I enjoyed the far from perfect main characters and the dynamics of evil in the name of science are showcased very well here. I really can't wait to go back and read Thilliez first novel. Great stuff.
Donna Tallent
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! As a Biology Major myself, I really enjoyed Franck's intertwine of mystery and science. I could relate to the biological references of the story and found them to be quite accurate. The mystery of the book kept me engaged through the whole book and was quite the page turner! Will def pick up another Franck Thilliez book!
Une suite plus bouleversante que jamais qui, d'entrée de jeu, procure des émotions très fortes ! L'intrigue est également plus captivante, du moins j'ai davantage apprécié, et la construction est habilement maîtrisée. Beaucoup de suspense, des versions qui se recoupent en dernière ligne droite, de nouvelles révélations percutantes... bref on ne s'ennuie pas !
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