Aphrodesia by John Oehler
A Novel of Suspense

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Great perfumes have always had one purpose: to seduce.
Aphrodesia is a mystery novel that takes place in this world.
Eric Foster, the top student at the world-famous perfume institute in France, creates an aphrodisiac of astonishing potency. But when a critical ingredient of his perfume goes missing from the institute's collection, he is accused of the theft and expelled. Disgraced, he takes a mind-numbing job in New York testing scent additives for supermarket products. The only bright spot in his life comes from moonlighting -- with his three-legged bloodhound Daisy -- as a "forensic smell expert" for the NYPD.
When police call him to a crime scene where a woman has killed her lover in a fit of insatiable lust, he is shocked to recognize a familiar smell, his aphrodisiac. The cops tell him they found the same perfume at three similar homicides, and suddenly Eric becomes the prime suspect. Convinced the perfume is a counterfeit, he sets out on a desperate mission to prove his innocence and discover why the knockoff is killing people.
Smell is the most primal of our senses. How it affects us, emotionally and physically, and how experts use it to manipulate us are at the heart of this story.
Aphrodesia was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition.

About John Oehler

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John Oehler is a multiple award-winning author of thriller/suspense novels. Formerly an exploration geologist, he has worked in dozens of countries around the world and now combines those experiences with his love of history and the arts to create stories that leave readers asking, "Could this really happen?" John lives in Houston with his wife, Dorothy, a member of the Mars Science Team that is acquiring and analyzing data from NASA's Curiosity rover. They share their lives with Elfie, an Old English Sheepdog who should have been named Nitro.For more information about John, or to contact him, go to www.johnoehler.com, where you will also find excerpts of his novels, as well as photographs and behind-the-scenes background on how he created his stories.
Published November 12, 2013 by CreateSpace. 359 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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Eric Foster is one of the most perceptive and creative “noses” in the perfume industry.

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