Books by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

Pharmageddon by Stephen A. Sheller
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"An unsettling, illuminating, and provocative discussion of a pressing political issue involving drug companies."
A book offers a critique of the pharmaceutical industry from a lawyer who battled it. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 11, 2010

"Fast-moving and intriguing, in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark."
From filmmaker Kirkpatrick (The Revenge of Thomas Eakins, 2006, etc.), a vivid true-crime narrative about a post-World War II investigation meant to prevent Nazis still at large from using several venerable medieval artifacts to reconstitute the Reich. Read full book review >
EDGAR CAYCE by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"This biography of a man who was most active when unconscious will excite those who already find Cayce's unconsciousness exciting—but it will probably leave others as mystified as before. (photos, not seen)"
An exhaustive biography of the legendary psychic (1877-1945), likely to entrance Cayce's fans but try the patience of unbelievers. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 20, 1992

Exciting Indiana Jones-like adventure with a cast of real-life archaeologists, temple looters, smugglers, and art collectors, centering on a fabulous, long-lost treasure. As is often the case in archaeology, the discovery is serendipitous: in February 1987, huaqueros (temple robbers) poking around the old pyramid complex of Huaca Rajada in Peru stumble upon a horde of remarkable gold artifacts including masks, knives, beads, and nose rings. A police raid leads to the involvement of Peruvian archaeologist Walter Alva, director of the Bruning Museum. Alva soon realizes that the thieves have found a legendary cache sought for centuries: the burial chambers of the Lords of Sipan, rulers of the pre-Incan Moche (c. A.D. 100-700), an agrarian people with a taste for human sacrifice. Massive excavation leads to further spectacular finds, including mummies, skeletons (some the victims of live burial), and priceless scepters, ceramics, and figurines. Shootouts between huaqueros and police threaten Alva's operations, but a greater danger is the voracious international black market in pre-Columbian art. Kirkpatrick neatly interweaves Alva's story with that of the smuggling network, the latter affording an exciting glimpse of a sordid demimonde filled with flamboyant con men, unscrupulous museum directors, and art-hungry private collectors—most notably Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann. A British smuggler squeals, US Customs strikes, the Santa Barbara Art Museum is caught with illegal treasures, Gell-Mann nobly returns his collection to Peru—and Kirkpatrick, without moralizing, makes a strong case for other collectors to do the same. Another story of true-life derring-do from Kirkpatrick (coauthor, Turning the Tide, 1991; A Cast of Killers, 1986), who once again blends offbeat characters, local color, and a lurking mystery into top-drawer nonfiction. (Eight pages of color photographs, 45 line drawings—not seen.) Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 1991

From journalist Kirkpatrick (A Cast of Killers, 1986) and novelist Abrahams (Pressure Drop, 1989, etc.) comes a crisply narrated story of how an American college professor took on one of the world's biggest drug-smugglers in a scenic Bahamian resort. In many respects, this is a story about a hero fighting for a virgin's honor—only here the hero, Robert Novak, set out to protect the ``virginal island'' of Norman's Cay. On a scuba-diving sabbatical, with the intention of tackling only the island's notorious hammerhead sharks, Novak instead came face to face with psychotic drug kingpin Carlos Lehder, then a top member of Colombia's Medell°n cartel. Pressured by Lehder to leave the island, Novak, who'd turned without success to the Bahamian police, was subsequently contacted by the DEA to spy on the drug smuggler. Compared to Lehder and his cold and crafty maneuvers, Novak appears here as an officious do-gooder facing mounting ``disorientation in a corrupt world where no one could be trusted.'' But his penchant for ``doing the right thing'' paid off when one night, against orders, he donned scuba gear and entered the shark-infested waters to spy on Lehder, eventually witnessing the organization of a large airborne drug-smuggling operation—a sighting leading to enough incriminating evidence to drive Lehder off the island. (Today, due to unrelated events, Lehder languishes in an American jail.) Kirkpatrick and Abrahams tell their story with cinematic precision (film rights have already been sold), using the lush, exotic landscape as the perfect background for their suspenseful, moonlit tale. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.) Read full book review >