Elliott Light grew up outside Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia before the beltway encircled the capital city, before farms were turned into housing developments, and before open fields became mega-malls. He claims Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, as a cousin; John Marshall, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, as an uncle; Robert Morris, signer of the Declaration, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, as a grandfather; and Joe DeJarnette, a prominent eugenicist, as a great-uncle. The small town of Lyle is his creation and reflects a mixture of true life and fiction drawn from the place he grew up and the places his relatives lived.
Light attended the University of Virginia, receiving degrees in Electrical Engineering and Law. He has several patents to his name. After stints as an environmental lawyer and a high tech lawyer, he practiced patent law in a private law firm. Now retired, he resides in Naples, FL, with his wife, Sonya, and their much beloved cats. The Gene Police is his third published novel.
Jake Savage is doing some underwater photography off Key West when a shadow floats above him. Much to his surprise, it is a young girl, scantily dressed and floating face down. The police are called… and they are labeling it an accident. Jake takes it upon himself to find out who she is and how she wound up dead. He soon learns that he has all kinds of help… his elderly step-mother, her caretaker, a cop who is terminally ill, and assorted strangers he happens to bump into. It gets dangerous when he finds that the girl was somehow involved with sex trafficking, a crime committed against someone high up in the government with ties to a crime lord, and the super-rich (think people like the late Jeffrey Epstein). Attacks come fast and furious… and Jake and his partners find themselves in deeper trouble than they ever imagined.