Yucatán Is Murder

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DIRK WYLE is the pen name of Duncan H. Haynes, Ph.D., a 30-year veteran of biomedical science. Commercial success of his drug microencapsulation technology enabled an early retirement from the laboratory and medical school lecture hall, allowing him to focus on his passion for literature. Believing there are no stone walls separating the realms of popular science, serious literature and mystery/thriller fiction, Dirk Wyle creates exciting but realistic stories that play out in all three arenas.

Dirk does not regard work and play as necessarily separate activities. Scientific reading and travel to exotic locations inspire new stories.

Yucatán Is Murder

A Ben Candidi Mystery

Authored by Dirk Wyle

Vultures circling over the Yucatán scrubland lead vacationing Ben Candidi (Ph.D.) to an ugly sight - a young peasant with his heart cut out, draped over a boulder. Rebecca Levis (M.D.) recognizes the "peasant" as B'alam Chuc, an engineering student at the university in Mérida. He had been interested in her medical outreach project. Although handwritten hieroglyphs found on the body offer clues, the police insist the motive was robbery. The parents - Maya villagers who speak no Spanish - have their eight-year-old Ichik ask Ben to investigate. B'alam's professors describe him as a brilliant student - but a loner. Armed with a glyph dictionary and a cultural tourist's knowledge of Mayan history, rites and superstition, Ben searches for what lured B'alam to the scene of his death. He assembles clues from haciendas, Maya villages, archeological sites and even the coral bedrock. As the picture of an evil and debauched criminal conspiracy emerges, Ben and Rebecca are faced with two questions: Was B'alam truly innocent? And is it time to get out of Yucatán?

Publication Date:
1568251890 / 9781568251899
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled

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