Fifty Mice by Daniel Pyne

By Daniel Pyne

What if a guy is put within the Federal Witness defense software opposed to his will?
And doesn't even recognize what he supposedly understands that advantages a brand new identify, a brand new id, a brand new life?

Jay Johnson is a normal Joe, a thirty-something man with a role in mobilephone revenues, a typical pick-up basketball online game, and a loyal female friend he turns out able to marry. yet one weekday afternoon, he's kidnapped on a la Metro educate, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper path obliterated. What did he see, what poor crime—or criminal—is he conserving mystery? It has to be anything enormously substantial. the difficulty is, Jay has no clue.

Furious and helpless, and confident that the govt. has made a massive mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a group on Catalina Island—which seems to be inhabited mostly through different safe witnesses. remoted in an international of strangers, Jay starts to gain that merely means out is thru the twisted maze of lies and unreliable stories swirling via his personal brain. If he can locate—or invent—a repressed reminiscence that will fulfill the Feds, possibly he could make it again to the mainland and his fabulous, no matter if monotonous, life.

Set in a noir modern L.A. and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian mystery as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare. Chilling, paranoiac, and carefully unique, it is going to have readers greedy to differentiate what's genuine and what purely turns out that method.

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My knowledge of the Civil War was sketchy, but I guessed it might have been Marston Moor. I added the latest waking dream to my notebook, still in a trance. The doctor was a dowsing rod, maybe, a channel for me to make contact with the boy. Alison’s curiosity about my trade was strong enough to provide an excuse for an excursion. I offered to take her out on a necessary but non-urgent trip to examine a couple of sites on behalf of the Bury St Edmunds amateur archaeology group. It was unpaid, so I’d been putting it off, and they were probably despairing of their chances of ever getting on Time Team.

I’d never got around to redecorating; I’d always felt I was camping out in that house. So I led Alison out to my shed, to give her an idea of my own taste. Alison’s eyes widened with pleasure when she saw my woodworking tools arrayed along one wall, and the chessboard hanging among them. “Joe, that’s marvellous,” she said. ” I nodded. The pieces were tucked away in a box, and I hesitated to bring them out. Instead I switched on the light boxes, to show off the bottles gleaming in their many hues around the other two walls.

What we probably have here is an older burial, could be Bronze Age, there may be pottery goods. ” “Ah, bones now, that’s a moot point. ” I considered this, looking at my hands. “It’s different. But there will be a dominant one, usually the metal if there’s any there; that’ll be the one I sense, and anything less definite like glass will be like a whiff of another scent that you can’t quite place. ” We moved on to another nearby site, on the same hilltop but in another field. I knew from the definite twitch of the rods that there was more than just disturbed earth below the flat surface.

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