The Chameleon Variant Author:Carol K. Mack and David Ehrenfeld Dr. Daniel Lieberman, a Manhattan pediatrician, and his young daughter have just moved to a small quiet town on the Connecticut Sound to start a new life. Lieberman is getting his first introduction into Sheffield's social set when 14 year old Wendy Dougherty freaks out at a party her parents are throwing for Paul McGinnis, head of McGinnis Phar... more »maceutical laboratories, the town's economic mainstay. The girl is hospitalized, her condition undiagnosed; drugs are suspected, but all the usual tests come back negative.
Wendy's "illness" turns out not to be an isolated case. Two days later her boyfriend falls into a similarly violent psychotic state, murders a teen-age girl, then disappears. Lieberman is convinced there was a leak at the McGinnis labs, where recombiant DNA research is being carried on that McGinnis and his associates refuse to discuss. In a matter of hours Sheffield is torn apart by an epidemic of madness and horror that spreads like wildfire.« less