A plane crashes in the United States. A series of gruesome murders occurs in Honduras. When reporter Livia Chang investigates what’s going on, she encounters inconsistencies: a suspicious skin sample, a secret research laboratory, aggressive sea creatures, a Chinese magnate. Gradually, she uncovers a conspiracy of outrageous proportions. Human experiments are out of control. An attack is imminent. Will she become a victim of these machinations herself? Faced with seemingly unsolvable tasks, the journalist has to make a terrible decision. In his thriller “Cortex”, the longstanding SZ science editor Patrick Illinger combines aspects of modern biotechnology with a captivating plot.
Patrick Illinger: “Cortex”. Thriller. Piper Verlag, Munich 2023. 496 pages, 18 euros.