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The Ripper Gene

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  294 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Silver Falchion Award for Best Horror (2016) and Silver Falchion Judges Choice Award for Best Serial Killer Mystery (2016)

Nominee for Silver Falchion Best Fiction Adult Book, Best Fiction First Novel, Best Mystery-Crime and Best Thriller (2016)

A neuroscientist-turned-FBI-profiler discovers a gene that produces psychopaths in this thrilling debut novel.

Dr. Lucas Madden is
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Forge Books
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Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 9-dnf
I started reading this at bedtime. In the morning, I was thinking about what I'd read and basically talked myself into not finishing this book. Here's why.

The writing is amateurish. One example, "Young Anna Cross had been holding the ultimate symbol of Halloween in her hand when she died." I'm thinking pumpkin? But, no, the author thinks the ultimate symbol of Halloween is an apple with a razor blade in it.

At the crime scene, the FBI agent was angry that a deputy had picked up an apple he found
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this - a serial killer hunt with an intriguing premise and twist. It's very well-written, extremely hard to put down and full of confidence - quite an achievement for a debut novel. 4-4.5 stars.

Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A thinking person's thriller. Well done - very clever. ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of crime and mystery
First off, thank you to the author for making this book available in a Goodreads giveaway! I appreciate the opportunity and I enjoyed reading it. I would say my overall rating would be somewhere between 3.5 and 4.0 stars, rounded up to 4. I liked the characters, and the mystery was good all the way up to the end. I enjoyed making my guesses and ultimately coming up wrong. The science that was discussed I found to be interesting as well, although I think I would have liked a little more backgroun ...more
Samantha Kilford
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sent-to-me
Big thanks to Macmillan Tor/Forge and NetGalley for the ARC of Michael Ransom's thrilling debut novel, The Ripper Gene.

As always it's lovely when a book pleasantly surprises you and you end up loving it way more than you had anticipated. That's exactly what happened with The Ripper Gene.

I've been taking more risks when it comes to books recently and have been trying to venture out into different genres. That's not to say that I won't be reading YA romance anymore because I definitely will, but I
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, debut-novel
Nature vs Nurture. Are some people born bad regardless of their environment? Can science predict who will murder people? Can great parents who nurture their children extremely well prevent a child from becoming a murderer?

Dr. Lucas Madden is a neuroscientist who becomes a criminal profiler. He has done extensive studies in DNA profiling and has discovered a strand of DNA that can identify a potential killer called the Ripper Gene.

In the beginning of the book Lucas takes us back to his childhoo
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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It’s been awhile since I had not read a good thriller story and I confess that the DNA sequencing for serial killer was really attracting. I do not really know Michael Ranson but I’m curious now to discover more of his writings.

The prologue of the book shows us a piece of the past of Lucas Madden, FBI Profiler today. Indeed, the author narrates the story of his mother’s death, a murder which was also unsolved. We then find him in the present, trying to mana
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Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, 2015, n
I can see Michael Ransom is going to join my list of favourite authors after a stunning debut novel.

A real page turner following a FBI profiler who used to be a neuroscientist. He discovered the ‘Ripper Gene’ which makes people into psychopaths and research in DNA that could predict their behaviour.

Really chilling scenes have you biting your nails on the edge of your seat. Can Madden catch the new serial killer and can we guess who is responsible? Twists, turns and suspicions keep the interest a
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5. Definitely liked how the book started with action and didn't let go until the conclusion. I enjoyed the scientific aspect of this novel as well. I'm sure there'll be more great books to come from Michael Ransom. ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely an intense/suspenseful read that had me wanting to read more and more. I was hooked from the first chapter.
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

Today is my stop on The Ripper Gene blog tour! I'm so excited to be a part of this as I really enjoyed this book!

About the Author:

MICHAEL RANSOM is a molecular pharmacologist and a recognized expert in the fields of toxicogenomics and pharmacogenetics. He is widely published in scientific journals and has edited multiple textbooks in biomedical research. He is currently a pharmaceutical executive and an adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School
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This was a clever book. I believe there's been some speculation/research about the existence or otherwise of a genetic basis for psychopathy and the book certainly addressed that, well, cleverly.

A series of murders in rapid succession, with victims very precisely posed, mystifies police and the FBI. Dr Lucas Madden, who pioneered the work into the ripper gene before he chucked it all in to work as a profiler for the FBI, is on the case too. The victims all have letters written in blood on their
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Lucas lost his mother to murder when he was young. He is now an FBI agent who tracks down serial killers. He is also not on good terms with his father and brother. His mother's killer was never found, but a new serial killer in town, The Snow White Killer (SWK), may have the answers Lucas needs. The concept of this novel was very interesting. Lucas has found a DNA abnormality that may show who is predestined to be a serial killer. The Ripper Gene is what he has called it. There is a cliched roma ...more
Jennifer B
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Michael Ransom's debut novel opening, I couldn't help but feel as if I was in the car with Lucas and his mother driving through and isolated road in rural Mississippi. Ransom's description of the deep South allowed me to fully envelope myself in the entire story, with his detailed description of atmosphere, the "feel" of the south including the scenery and of course, southern drawl. I was sold after the Prologue!. And the rest of the book did not disappoint! I have read other first time autho ...more
Debbie Carnes
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved The Ripper Gene, from the first page you are hooked.
Madden the main character is well written , smart and all around likeable .
This is a must read , suspenseful thriller
Donna Maguire

A few weeks ago I was contacted regarding the possibility of a book review, I read the summary of the book and was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more. Anyone who follows me on Goodreads, Facebook or the Blog will know, I am a massive crime fan and I love and thoroughly enjoy these books with a twist, and especially those with serial killers. My latest review is on the amazing new book 'The Ripper Gene' by Michael Ransom.

About The Ripper Gene: A ne
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How could I not review this absolutely amazing book? Avid readers are always searching for books that have fast action, intriguing characters, and a plot that pulls you in. In Michael Ransom’s first novel, The Ripper Gene, he accomplishes all of this and then some!

The Ripper Gene had me hooked in the prologue when the story begins on a creepy Halloween night in 1983 when young Lucas Madden and a car full of trick-or-treaters come across a bloody boy in need of help for his friend. Lucas' naive
Maureen DeLuca
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book- with a unique plot to it. Dr. Lucas Madden and his associate Terry Randall has developed "a genetics-based behavioral prediction algorithm" for serial killers. The hope is that, using this algorithm, profilers will be able to take a "suspect's DNA--the kind you might recover from a crime scene--and assign a predicted behavioral pattern to aid in the capture of the offender.

Special Agent Madden and his colleagues join forces to solve a ghastly series of crimes perpetrate
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a scientist who absolutely loves mystery, I could not say enough great things about this book!! Many times when reading science thrillers, I look for the slip ups of what couldn't possibly be in the real world, but this book never let me down!!

It was a fast paced thriller that I stayed up late into the night reading and just when I thought it was headed to a predictable path, it took an unexpected turn and kept me on my toes!!! Couldn't put it down and read it in 3 days!!! Loved it and can't
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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Keith Nixon
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
It's Halloween, 1983. Lucas Madden is out trick or treating with his mother and a friend, Mara Bliss. The group happen across the scene of an accident where some teenagers have been involved in a motorbike crash. Lucas' mother offers to help whilst the others go for help. But Lucas' mother is never seen alive again and her killer is never caught.

Fast forward twenty five years and Madden is a neuroscientist and profiler with the FBI. His mother's untimely death still haunts him. Madden has develo
Eustacia Tan
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hey, so I'll be heading off to a class camp today, but before that, blog tour! Today's blog tour stop is for The Ripper Gene by Michael Ransom.

The Ripper Gene is a mystery starring Dr. Lucas Madden, a neuroscientist/FBI profiler who discovers something called the Ripper Gene, a genetic mutation that makes some people predisposed to serial killing. In the book, he's called back to his hometown to chase a murderer the press calls the Snow White Killer (SNK, as they call the killer). As the case pr
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, thriller
In ‘The Ripper Gene’ we meet FBI profiler Lucas Madden. Lucas has been studying murderers, and especially serial killers for a long time. After watching his mother walk to her death many years ago, Lucas is determined to find out what makes a murderer tick and to capture every murderer he can get his hands on. When Lucas is called near a crime scene where a young woman is murdered lying with an apple in her hands, Lucas soon begins to think there is a new serial killer on the move. When a new bo ...more
Cheryl M-M
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Ripper Gene has quite a fascinating premise, perhaps not really as far-fetched as it may seem. We live in an era of technology and amazing advancements in medicine and genetics. Now in the 21st century parents can dictate the gender of their child, filter out hereditary diseases or extra chromosomes. Designer babies in a world of commercialism.

So, let's say scientists made it possible, in the near future, to not only discover whether someone has the so-called warrior gene, but also find out
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a quick read. A great book for traveling. It was suspenseful and a good palate cleanser. I thought the premise at first was interesting but when presented was pretty weak. At the end of the book I saw why it was used as a plot device but still weak. Also I hate books that feel they need to use sex where sex isn't needed. That was a big no for me but the main story was fun and the writing was ok. ...more
Paul Franco
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
It’s a treat when someone who is at the top of their field, particularly in the sciences, writes a piece of fiction set in their world of expertise. In this case it’s both neuroscience, particularly DNA, and profiling, leading to an entertaining story of the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Of course a lot of the main character is taken from the author himself, but this is no Marty Sue; his flaws and tragedies keep it from being a simple paean of self-adulation. In the bio
Jon Kidwell
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Forge imprint of Tom Doherty Associates has found an excellent source of future mystery thrillers. Author Michael Ransom is, first and foremost, a scientist specializing in toxicogenomics and pharmacogenetics. His prior written work has appeared in various medical journals. "The Ripper Gene" marks his debut plunge into the genre of Mystery/Thrillers. And a noble effort it is.

Though not wanting to sound so similar to other reviewers, I can't help but to also tell you that this book grabs you
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I know I've said it a million times, but you never know what you are going to get with a debut book. I am happy to say that I was very pleased with The Ripper Gene. I thoroughly enjoyed Lucas Madden's story. He is a doctor turned FBI profiler. During his research years, he identified a gene dubbed "The Ripper Gene" that tends to be found in serial killers. His theory is that you could potentially predict who might become a serial killer and who would not. But this story isn't solely about that a ...more
Kasey Cocoa
When it comes to anything that falls within that crime genre I find that I either love the book or toss it into my DNF pile. Thankfully this particular book landed in the love-it area. I love how intelligently the whole thing is written and how intricate the various threads are that Ransom has expertly weaved throughout the novel and how layered the characters are. I rarely rate a book with all five stars as to me that means it's a nearly-perfect book and I am very picky at to what qualifies as ...more
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MICHAEL RANSOM is an American author and poet (b. 1968) originally raised in rural Mississippi who now makes his home in northern New Jersey. He is a molecular pharmacologist and a recognized expert in the fields of pharmacogenetics and toxicogenomics. He is widely published in scientific journals and has edited multiple textbooks in biomedical research. He is currently a pharmaceutical scientist ...more

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