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...a murder in reverse
" On the street below, you can see the pool of blood on the pavement. Carter is face down beside it, sprawled out, his elbows and knees at right angles like a swastika. You have been watching him for a while now—the pinstriped suit, the wingtips, the diamond cufflinks, the overturned briefcase. And the blood. It has you mesmerized. You should go, but you can't stop looking at it. It appears to be changing colors—from black to purple to black again—as things do when you look at them too long." More..
"Condo Cowboy"

“Twelve girlfriends?!”

Scott looked at his grandfather as if the old man had just unzipped his skin and a guest from the Jerry Springer Show had climbed out.

Technically, I only sleep with ten of them, Albert thought, the others are just friends.  More..

a novel for the coming age

An amazing read. The Last Sword Maker has everything. A riveting story, fascinating characters, cutting-edge technology and, of course, romance. Great!                        

  --Moíses Naím, The New York Times bestselling author of The End of Power

In the high mountains of Tibet, rumors are spreading. People whisper of an outbreak, of thousands of dead, of bodies pushed into mass graves. It is some strange new disease…a disease, they say, that can kill in minutes.

The Chinese government says the rumors aren’t true, but no one is allowed in or out of Tibet.

At the Pentagon, Admiral James Curtiss is called to an emergency meeting. Satellite images prove that a massive genocide is underway, and an American spy has made a startling discovery. This is no disease. It’s a weapon test. Chinese scientists have developed a way to kill based on a person’s genetic traits. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The success of their new weapon proves that the Chinese are nearing “Replication”—a revolutionary breakthrough that will tip the global balance of power and change the way wars are waged.

Now the U.S. must scramble to catch up before it is too late. Admiral Curtiss gathers the nation’s top scientists, including a promising graduate student named Eric Hill who might hold the missing piece to the replication puzzle. Soon Hill and his colleague Jane Hunter are caught up in a deadly game of sabotage as the two nations strive to be the first to reach the coveted goal. But in their headlong race, they create something unexpected…something the world has never seen and something more powerful than they had ever imagined.

The Last Sword Maker is a taut, fast-paced thriller with unforgettable characters that depicts a haunting vision of the future of warfare.

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