Little Deadly Things, by Harry Steinman
When abusive parents raise brilliant children, you might end up with a saint, or a killer...or one of each.
Little Deadly Things is the place where science meets the psyche, where humanity's future is in the hands of a madwoman and the family that must stop her.
The seeds of an apocalyptic race--to save mankind or to destroy it--were sown in the earliest years of two scientists. Young Eva Rozen witnessed her sister's brutal murder, and barely escaped with her life. She found refuge from madness in the orderly world of science. Twenty-five years later, this master of nanotechnology is the world's richest woman... and the most dangerous.
Marta Cruz also endured a troubled childhood. Her mother's death and her father's incarceration left her an orphan, and a crippling disease left her in pain. Marta's refuge' A tropical rain forest where she discovers plants with miraculous healing properties under the tutelage of her shamanistic grandmother.
The two girls meet in high school and form an uneasy friendship that lasts through college. Eva wants power, profit--and Marta's husband. She offers to fund Marta's public health dreams in exchange for the ailing physician's knowledge of plant-based medicines. Together, they build the world's largest nanotech manufacturer.
When the unstable Eva has a psychotic break, and attacks the people who rely on her for survival, only Marta can stand between Eva and the death of millions. But Marta is a healer, not a fighter, and must rely on her husband and teenaged son, a boy who faces a life-or-death challenge well beyond his years.
Here is a chilling look at a future that is already on our doorstep--and a study of the two women who will decide the fate of mankind.
"...a work of exceptional art, with a sense of futuristic realism. I was riveted, page after wonderful page." Tom Cirignano, 67 Cents: Creation of a Killer
"A union of art and science in this thriller...Harry Steinman rips today's discoveries from the laboratory and into an emotion-laden thriller with the promise--and peril--of this emerging science." -L. R. Drennan-Harris, Ph.D. Analytical Chemist
Meet the Author
Harry Steinman's life experience includes stints as a box boy in a toilet paper factory, security guard, hippie commune leader, recruiter in a toy factory, substitute math teacher, accountant, New Age religious community troublemaker, headhunter, and dog trainer--the textbook background of a novelist. Today, Harry gets by while at work on All Dead Generations, the sequel to Little Deadly Things.