Ken Brigham
Ken is Emory University emeritus professor of medicine. His medical degree is from Vanderbilt. He completed his medical residency at Johns Hopkins and had additional training at the University of California San Francisco. He has edited three science books and has published over 400 original works in the scientific literature. Most recently, he was associate vice president for Health Affairs at Emory, a position from which he retired in 2012. Ken has coauthored two novels with Neil Shulman (Spotless and The Asolo Accords), published a short account of his personal experience with cancer (Hard Bargain) and, most recently, coauthored a non-fiction book (Predictive Health) with Mike Johns. He lives with his wife, Arlene Stecenko, in midtown Atlanta.
Death in Printers Alley
By Ken Brigham
Former Nashville detective and Rhodes scholar, Shane Hadley, hasn’t been involved in a murder case since a stray bullet transected his spinal cord, but the familiar pop,pop,pop of gunshots on a Sunday morning pulls him like a magnet. He wheels himself onto the balcony of his apartment that overlooks Printers Alley and sees Bonz Bagley, proprietor of Bonz’s Booze and Music, lying dead in front of his club.

Shane’s wife, neurologist, Katya Karpov, is doubly alarmed by the murder–she was fond of the old man and also he was taking an experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease that was invented by Cyrus Bartalak (Cy), Katya’s boss at the university. Katya suspects that Beth, Cy’s wife, altered the study results to make the drug look better than it is.
Hardy Seltzer, the police detective assigned to this case engages Shane in the investigation, launching the two of them on a quest through the worlds of country music, academic intrigue, shady business dealings, and pervasive amorality. Shane finally understands the connections between the Bagley murder, the falsified data from the drug study, and Cy Bartalak’s dishonest business dealings and shocks everyone when he reveals the identity of the killer.
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