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Haunted by the girl he couldn't save in his youth, and the murder he committed to avenge her, Detective Track Presius has a unique gift: the vision and sense of smell of a predator. When a series of apparently unrelated murders reel him into the depths of genetic research, Track feels more than a call to duty. Children are
Paperback, 412 pages
Published April 15th 2014 (first published April 5th 2014)
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Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
'I'm not human and I'm not an animal.I'm both.I'm a killer and a predator.I have no control over my instincts.'

Are you intrigued yet? You should be. This book put my brain to work and made me do some medical research and read more about the subject.Books may be work of fiction but this one over here proves once more that you can learn so many new things. With each book. Every time.
I won't say more about it. Because if I got your attention I really want you to read it , especially if you are
Carol Kean
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
She may be a full-time scientist, but E.E. Giorgi is an award-winning novelist as well--oh, and a photographer too. I'd just read her futuristic "Gene Cards" and loved the inside information on hackers, GMOs and genetics. (No surprise, it just won an award.) Wanting more fiction filled with science, I bought her debut novel "Chimeras," which does double duty as a whodunnit and a thriller.

I wondered how a scientist came to know so much about police procedurals. Giorgi asks the right people the ri
Chimeras is a combination of a gripping thriller/mystery whodunnit paired up with a science fiction/medical police procedural.

Track, our protagonist (perhaps anti-hero could fit a little here too), is a sensorially heightened being. He relys heavily on his heightened sense of smell in investigations, and really, who wouldn't in that situation? He's a blokey-bloke, a bit rough, and bruised. He's got a checkered past, but tries really hard to do the right thing and works his butt off every day.

Autumn Kalquist
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I don't normally read mysteries and thrillers, but I love police procedural stories when they have an intriguing (speculative or sci-fi) twist. And this one did, with a genetic research premise.

I was intrigued by the opening, and the questions I had kept me intrigued as the investigation unfolded. E. E. Giorgi writes some truly gorgeous prose, and I felt like I was experiencing everything right along with Track. His heightened sense of smell made for some interesting observations on
Garek Godrik
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
E.E. Giorgi is one of my top five all-time favorite authors, and this book is among her finest. There is so much I want to say about the story and how it took me on an amazing and memorable ride, but I can't find a way to avoid spoilers (so grab a copy for yourself and see!). What intrigues me the most is her use of sensory perception. Simply exceptional. Well-researched, well-plotted, well-written! Bravo to the lovely E.E. Giorgi for continuing to grace the world with her presence and her writi ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What are you waiting for!?

It took me longer to read this than I like to admit. I wish I had just jumped right in! The science in this is fascinating. As E.E. is a real scientist, do not be surprised by what you find. I already have book 2, so I'm off :D
Marika Charalambous
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars review on my blog:

The investigation in Chimeras follows a series of deaths related to a particular company involved in genetics. Ulysses (Track), a Los Angeles detective and his partner Satish Cooper have to deal not only with the deaths, but also with a dozen children dying of leukemia. What is the connection between these and what do they all have in common with the rich and famous?

Teamed up with Diane Cooper, the DNA specialist, they try to s
Rabid Readers Reviews
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author, EE Giorgi, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

“CHIMERAS” reads like a novel carefully considered. There is a feeling of classic noir mystery with an element of the modern. The author is a scientist and infuses the story with her knowledge but instead of being stiff and perhaps overly informative, she manages to give the reader and engaging and unique reading experience.

Track is the eye of a powerful storm. He’s wild and intense and the world around him stands s
Derek White
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

My compliments to the author for getting the science right. (I had to do extensive research of the human genome for one of my own.)
Track is so nicknamed because he can ‘track’ like a bloodhound would. In addition his eyesight is exceptionally good. These two things make him a very good detective but the trouble is the he could hardly go into the witness box and say, “Yes, Your Honour, that is the man: I smelled h
Beth Camp
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by a friend -- and it lived up to rave reviews. Anyone who has fought traffic on freeways and/or spent any time in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles will fall in love with the gritty setting of Los Angeles that Giorgi creates in Chimeras. Minor and major characters are sharply defined and entertain as they struggle with identity, goals, and desire. Track, with his predatory sense of smell, is an appealing hero. That heightened sense of smell gives him an edge and creates ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book is like a Michael Crichton written with the witty sarcasm of the classic detective noir. Track is a twisted character, torn by a condition that is not clear at first -- all we know is that he's got some issues for which he sees a geneticist. His detective partner, Satish Cooper, is a lot more likable at first, with his funny stories and more benign nature. However, as the story moves forward, you start to ge
John Monk
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The basic plot of Chimeras, Giorgi's award-winning novel, is there’s been a murder, and only Detective Track Presius — a genetic Chimera (a real scientific term) — can figure out who the killer is. Okay, he has help along the way from his incredibly funny and wise partner Satish, and a beautiful lab geek named Diane (who works with the police). Together, they make literary music. I love the hard-boiled style Giorgi writes in, reminiscent of Raymond Chandler, as well as the emotional depths she t ...more
Richard Saasta
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read. If you like Detective Thrillers this is for you. Sherlock Holmes with a twist and a gun. Great characters, wonderful detail.
gj indieBRAG
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that CHIMERAS (A Track Persius Myster) by E.E. Giorgi is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Eduardo Santiago
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclosure: the author is a personal friend. To avoid the perception of impropriety, I am grumpily rounding 4.5 stars down to 4 instead of up).

That said: this was damn good. The pace is fierce, dialog snappy, imagery vivid - including more senses than just the visual, a touch not only vital to the story but also intriguing and memorable. The story drew me in and kept me reading eagerly: it's just on the edge of scientifically plausible, but the human elements are entirely believable even if (or
Rowan Greene
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In short: an engaging read that will captivate you from chapter one until the conclusion.

Beautifully written with complex characters and an intriguing plot, the dialogue is spot on and the pacing appropriate for the genre. The story unfolds at a brisk pace that kept me engaged. (It also kept me up well past my bedtime!) Chimeras is sure to please fans of police procedurals and urban fantasy alike. The author does a fantastic job of creating unique characters that complement one another from the
Mike Martin
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was good, as in, really good! There were a couple of bumps that I'll describe below, but all in all, a very worthwhile read and I'm looking forward to sequels.

Set in Los Angeles in 2008, CHIMERAS owes much of its style to the old noir crime thrillers of the 1940s. Author E.E. Giorgi has made this book unique, though, by weaving great story telling into a plot that is underpinned by genetic science as much as it relies on police detective work. The author writes in a style as smooth and flo
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Personal Rating

Review written for and published by Portland Book Review on July 26th:

E.E. Giorgi introduces a new breed of detective in her mystery novel Chimeras: A Track Presius Mystery. Detective “Track” Presius was born with the enhanced senses of sight and smell, allowing him to gather more from a crime scene than the average detective. Track becomes embroiled in an investigation that begins with a missing person report and quickly escalates into a string of murders surrounding a geneti
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery, arc
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and my honest opinion is that this book is excellent. I don't usually read crime novels, but this one kept me riveted from the first page with its vivid sensory descriptions, intelligently-paced plot, and unexpected bursts of humor. It tells the story of Ulysses "Track" Presius, a detective gifted (or cursed) with the senses and instincts of a predator, thanks to an epigenetic abnormality. I was impressed by how well-thought-ou ...more
If you like your mystery/detective stories served with some hard science, Chimeras is your dynasty.

Giorgi shows her science background throughout the book. What makes it exceptional is that she manages to do it in layman's terms. And that makes for a fascinating aspect to the murder mystery central to the plot.

Giorgi writes great characters. They're multidimensional, and fun to get to know. She did an excellent job writing the MC, Track Presius. I ran the gamut of emotions with him, and for him
Christoph Fischer
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“CHIMERAS: A Medical Mystery” by E.E. Giorgi is an excellent medical thriller that opens a variety of issues about genetics and places them in the context of a fairly fast paced and cleverly plotted crime story. It is written competently by an author who knows her science but also knows how to create and keep tension and drama at the same time.
The book feels never dry and is told with the powerfully honest voice of Detective Ulysses / Track Presius, an epigenetic chimera, which gives a unique pe
Cindy Amrhein
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I beta read a few chapters of a different book by this author (one that isn't out yet) so when this one was out I had to read it as it was the same character in the one a betaed a bit of--the character of Track. I have a fondness for this guy. He is on the noir side, but not in the usual way. He has an odd trait, a heightened sense of smell, that adds a unique spin to the whole detective type story. He can track his perps like prey. The author, on the other hand, uses all the senses in her narra ...more
Jamie Blair
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about CHIMERAS, but they all lean to the positive side. I want to criticize for the moments of bulk exposition, the vast amount of detail, and seemingly unnecessary plot elements; however, when I consider what I loved about the book, it’s the care and quality that went into developing this novel. There’s a purpose to all those details, and the exposition is broken up by exciting action sequences that play out like a blockbuster movie. Removing the complexity to the story wo ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You can read this book on two levels: the first is a somewhat dark but very enjoyable police procedural, with a twisted character whose sensitivity to smells makes him quite unique. You get to the second, deeper level when you realize that the crime(s) are tied with medical research and you are left with the bitter thought that things like this could happen for real, if not now, maybe in a near future, with unknown consequences for our children.

I'm over-sensitive to smells, so I instantly sympa
Saoirse Sheldon
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy Robin Cook you'll enjoy this book. Detective Track Presius has a rare genetic condition, he's a Chimera with heightened senses similar to a predator. I found this very interesting as someone who is Hyper Sensitive. Not all of my senses are in over drive but I do hear, smell, see, and feel more than the average person. Nothing uber cool like Track though as it over stimulates me (& others like me, bummer). It would be much cooler to not have much of a down side. Track reminds me a bi ...more
Joe II
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the scent of a killer …

Ulysses "Track" Presius is no ordinary LA homicide detective. His off-the-charts sense of smell is the result of a genetic accident in childhood. The ability defines him, but there are also disadvantages to being a human bloodhound.

The genetic theme, a hallmark of many of the author's books, underlies a perplexing mystery. Track is drawn in a heart-breaking case. Children are dying, and someone is determined to protect an evil secret related to human genetics.

Beyond the
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of a hard-boiled mystery and science
Recommended to Andrea by: Karen Alaniz
Written by a friend of a friend, this was a great genetics mystery. A lot of "science" thrillers are light on the real science, so I was pleased that the author knew so much about recent scientific advancements in genetics and could share it with us in a relevant and exciting way in this book. The police/forensic parts were well-researched, too, with a lot of great details and (sometimes gory) clues for readers to try to piece together.

It took me awhile to warm up to the protagonist - he's sort
I won the audiobook version of Chimeras during an author chat and would like to thank E.E. Giorgi for providing this to me. In my opinion, the audio is where this book falls short. The narrator's delivery is monotone, without much inflection or emotion. The dispassionate telling of Track's story took away from what I feel is essential to a good detective novel - the highs and lows surrounding the search and eventual capture of the suspect. As a result, I found myself just wishing for the ending ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giorgi has been a mainstay in my TBR list ever since I read 'Apocalypse Weird: Immunity' and 'Gene Cards'. Though crime novels aren't normally my cup of tea, 'Chimeras' had me in its grasp from page one. The author, who works in genetics research, does a wonderful job inserting her knowledge into the story line, which just adds to the overall reading experience. The plot is well paced, the characters are vividly described and Giorgi even throws in a little bit of humor to keep you interested.

LLona Cunningham
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suspect if this was a TV series I'd program the DVR to make sure I didn't miss an episode. The characters are interesting, the plot is good TV fare, and it all comes together at a pace that would work for me in an hour or two. The reading experience -- one that took me almost a week to get through because I had to backtrack a couple pages every time I picked it up again after interruptions -- made it more work than entertainment.

The 'murder mystery' story is good and the writing is very good.
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E.E. Giorgi is a scientist, an award winning author, and a IPA awarded photographer. She spends her days analyzing genetic data, her evenings chasing sunsets, and her nights pretending she's somebody else. Sign up for my newsletter here.


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