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John and Naomi Klaesson are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but when they find out they are both carriers of a rogue gene, they realize the odds of their next child contracting the disease are high. Then they hear about geneticist Doctor Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease—even if his methods cost more than they can afford. His clinic is where their nightmare begins. They should have realized that something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye color, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it's too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant, and already something is badly wrong.
take?’ Naomi asked. ‘Assuming we could even find every server, gosh, I don’t know.’ He gave another nervous giggle. ‘Months.’ Then, staring at the table again and blinking furiously, he said, ‘That’s not the answer you want to hear, is it?’ Dave Pelham leaned forward, placed his elbows on the table, then pressed his fingers together to form a bridge. Resting his chin on it, he said to Humbolt, ‘The lab have a copy of this?’ ‘Yes, sir.’ The detective sergeant directed much of his reply at John
things made him nervous. But sometimes, you had to do what you believed was right. It was his pa’s old service gun from the LAPD, which he’d kept after he’d retired early due to his alcohol problems. He’d found it beneath the bed in the old man’s trailer after he had died. It was a Glock. He didn’t even know the calibre but had managed to identify it, from comparisons on the internet, as a .38. The magazine was loaded with eight bullets, and on the floor beside the gun there was a small carton
high-quality sperm. It was a real harvest today. John’s semen and my eggs. Dr D was delighted with the crop – a total of twelve. He told me it had been worth all the pain of the injections (easy for him – he didn’t have them). He’s now having the entire genetic code of each embryo analysed. Cells from the strongest one will be selected. As I understand it, some of the disease genes will be removed or disabled. Females have two X chromosomes. Males have one X and one Y. By separating the Y
opinion.’ ‘I spoke to Dr Rosengarten.’ ‘What did he say?’ ‘He was adamant he had not made a mistake.’ ‘He’s hardly going to admit it, is he?’ ‘No, but—’ He hesitated. Naomi, white as a sheet, looked terrible. How could he tell Naomi what Dr Annand had told him? That Dettore had most probably made a mistake, but not over the gender – over the entire embryo? How could he tell her she might be pregnant with someone else’s child? ‘Why would a helicopter explode, John?’ ‘I don’t know. Engines
inevitable was in his mind, but he was refusing to accept it. He just wanted to clear this up, get rid of it before Naomi saw it; she wouldn’t be able to handle this. He didn’t want Harriet seeing it either, nor Naomi’s mother. No one. Opening the cupboard under the kitchen sink, he pulled a black bin liner off a roll, opened it out, then carefully picked up each of the news sheets in turn, holding his breath against the smell from the intestines and stomach, folded the paper and placed it in