Mark Coggins. Vulture Capital (2002) 295 pp.
When venture capitalist Ted Valmont learns that the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of a biotech firm in which he has invested is missing, itís not just business, itís personal. Not only is the CTO an old friend, his disappearance jeopardizes the development of the firmís most important product: a device intended to aid spinal cord injury victims. Since Valmontís twin brother was paralyzed in a college diving accident, finding the CTO is of utmost importance to both brothers. Valmont hires San Francisco private eye August Riordan to assist in the search and they soon discover that the disappearance is part of a larger conspiracy to use the firmís technology for perverse applications.