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Postmodern Mystery Novel by Konrad Ventana Re-Investigates the Man-Made Origin of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

DNA forensics exposes an unreported truth in “Rise, Rise, Dark Horses of American Noir”


Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/31/2014 -- “Rise, Rise, Dark Horses of American Noir” by Konrad Ventana is a unique and stylized novel that combines classic hard-boiled detective noir with modern-day forensic investigation to expose one of the most unspeakable tragedies of the past century. In this stunning work of literary fiction, Konrad Ventana plumbs the depths of human depravity and complicity with a lyrical intensity that increases with dramatic action and mounting suspense to a fever pitch, vividly revealing the shock and horror of institutionalized crime.

Steeped in the hardboiled old-school police procedurals of bygone times, protagonist Detective Dash Brogan of the LAPD recruits Cornell Westerly, Ph.D., an expert in DNA analysis, to be his apprentice crime scene investigator. Ventana writes from Cornell’s point of view as a young, fresh-out-of-college protégé, who braves the notorious mean streets of the City of Angels in search of redemption, love, and forensic truth. In blending the innocence of youth with the verve, grit, and pluck of the classic crime novel, author Konrad Ventana evokes the dark horses of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Cornel Woolrich, and Mickey Spillane to reveal the nature and extent of an unrecorded crime against humanity.

Excerpt from “Rise, Rise, Dark Horses of American Noir:”

“Detective Dash Brogan clinked his empty glass against my raised cup of coffee, and he said the most amazing thing: “I realize you’re a top-flight scientist and all that, and I’m just an old bloodhound. But I do remember reading something that Albert Einstein wrote some time ago. He said, ‘the world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.’”

Now Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and http://www.konradventana.com—Hardcover, ISBN 9781491708095; Softcover, ISBN 9781491708088; and E-Book versions, ISBN 9781491708101.

About the Author: Konrad Ventana
Konrad Ventana (literally, Bold Counsel through a Window) is an intrepid patient advocate, gaining forensic veracity as a research scientist, laboratory director, university professor, biotech executive, and gene medicine developer. The “bold and perspicuous windows” of Ventana’s award-winning novels throw back the outdated curtains of conformity to look critically at the institutions and ideologies of our postmodern times, as he examines the potential for future development. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Contact: www.konradventana.com