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About the Author

Michael Ransom is the author of the mystery/thriller debut entitled The Ripper Gene (Forge).

He's a pharmaceutical researcher and biomedical scientist, and holds a position as an adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His scientific research has been covered in The New York Times, and he has authored more than 100 book chapters, invited reviews and primary research articles in the fields of genomics, translational science and biomarker research. He has also edited two textbooks in the life sciences.

As an author, he is a member of several writer's associations including the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the Author's Guild (AG).

Because of his background in modern molecular biology, his fiction is suffused with cutting edge science and genetics. His debut novel, The Ripper Gene, introduces readers to Dr. Lucas Madden, a neuroscientist-turned-FBI profiler who applies a controversial genetic approach to behavioral profiling during a serial killer investigation in the Mississippi Delta.

The Ripper Gene is his first novel.

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Favorite bands? The Cure, My Chemical Romance...

Favorite modern thriller authors? Gillian Flynn, Harlan Coben, Stephen King...

Favorite classical mystery authors? Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett...

Favorite thrillers? Dark Places (Flynn), The Stranger (Coben), Silence of the Lambs (Harris)...

Favorite mysteries? And Then There Were None (Christie), The Maltese Falcon (Hammett)...

Favorite horror movies? Silence of the Lambs, Seven, The Shining, Evil Dead, The Ripper Gene (someday)...

Favorite video games? Skyrim, Fable, Mass Effect, Dragon Age...