Murder, Mayhem, Mystery

By Dii TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 8, 2014

Are you a science buff who enjoys a good tale that revolves around nuclear weapons development? Love a good murder mystery that reeks of intrigue and possible espionage from a traitor? When things get a little technical, do you like to try to decipher the meanings or maybe even look them up? Go back to the 1980’s when the rush for nuclear weaponry was an intensely fought battle between countries. In a high security, top secret lab, a horrendous murder has occurred and no one knows who committed the crime, why or even how. How did the scientist get crammed into one of the laboratory glove boxes used to handle radioactive articles or materials, or items that need to be kept from contaminating humans. Ed Cotter is a new addition to the scientific team at Monroe Laboratories, still learning to fit in, while identifying who the slackers are and who does their work with care and diligence. What will he discover?

With the murder being investigated by both internal Monroe security and the FBI, the plot thickens and twists, raising questions of security breaches and a traitor in their midst, selling scientific secrets with another country.

An Imposition by Bill Merten is detailed, dramatic and full of scientific terminology and procedures, far beyond the average citizen, yet, it also magnetic to one who wants to learn a little more while enjoying a good mystery. Don’t be afraid to grab your dictionary, or your mouse to discover what is being discussed by characters that sound real, appear to act real and are forced to deal with the bureaucracy of government agencies and regulations as they risk their own lives in the name of power.



Too realistic to be fiction.

By Old Master on August 25, 2013

Murder in an atomic weapons research facility, highly classified, would be a setting for Lee Child or Stephen Hunter, but their protagonists would have difficult passing the security apparatus and gaining entry. Here, everyone significant has a security clearance, but that does not stop a mole or perhaps several. Set in the 1980's, against a background of cold war interest in atomic secrets, scientists in a weapons lab are working to design and perfect the nuclear arsenal. It is amazing how much detailed analysis and invention takes place. One wonders how anyone could make and test these weapons, design them to a level of perfection to assure that they would work in the first place, and last a while on the shelf. So, this is a window into a radioactive protected world that exists, but is impossible to imagine without a lot of knowledge. And the technical details ring true. The bureaucratic regulations, personalities, rivalries, and the consequences of actions in this isolated world all ring true and accurate, making this a very interesting undertaking. The pace accelerates towards the close of this episode, tying together the events but leaving the reader with an appetite for more.