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By Dan Simmons

"A literary mystery like no other...A hard-charging, edge-of-the-seat tale." -Milwaukee magazine Sentinel

Darwin Minor travels a perilous street. A Vietnam veteran became reluctant professional on studying the wreckage of deadly injuries, Darwin makes use of technology and intuition to resolve the genuine reasons of unnatural mess ups. he's very, excellent at his job.

His most up-to-date case supplies to be his such a lot tough but. A spate of probably random high-speed vehicle injuries has struck the highways of southern California. each one turns out to were staged-yet the individuals have all died. Why may somebody devote fraud on the fee of his personal lifestyles? The deeper Darwin digs, the nearer he involves unmasking a global community focusing on intimidation and homicide, whose individuals will do something to ensure Darwin quickly suffers a dangerous coincidence of his personal.

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As she set the pc up at the desk subsequent to Dar’s computer apparatus, he checked out her dubiously, the best way a Lutheran may have appeared a Catholic within the 17th century. Apple humans and laptop humans hardly combine good. Syd introduced her laptop to existence. “Gennie Smiley,” she repeated. “Donald Borden. Richard Kodiak. those names ring a bell…” Columns of information flowed down her transportable monitor. She hurriedly typed in a seek command. “Ahh,” she acknowledged, typed back, watched information whirl by way of and prevent back. “Ahah! ” she acknowledged. “I like ‘Ahah! ’ ” acknowledged Dar. “What? ” “Did you and Lawrence fee into the backgrounds of those three…lovers? ” requested Syd. “Sure we did,” stated Dar. “As a lot as lets with no treading on Detective Ventura’s ft. It was once his case. We came across that the victim—Mr. Richard Kodiak—had 3 addresses as well as the Rancho l. a. Bonita place of dwelling given on his driver’s license: all in California—one in East L. A. , one in Encinitas, and one in Poway. Tracing his social defense quantity, we discovered his indexed employment as CALSURMED without tackle. In previous mobilephone listings, Trudy stumbled on a California Sure-Med indexed in Poway, however the enterprise is not any longer in lifestyles and all information about it's been purged from urban documents. Then we checked with the Poway put up workplace and located that the Poway deal with used to be kind of like that indexed for the CALSURMED business—box quantity 616840. We instructed to the twist of fate research workforce and Detective Ventura that they consult with the la and San Diego counties’ Fictitious company Filings below either the subject’s identify and the CALSURMED and California Sure-Med listings. They by no means up. ” Syd used to be grinning at her visual display unit. “You recognize these crimson pins on my map? ” “The deadly swoop-and-squats? ” acknowledged Dar. “Yeah? ” “California Sure-Med used to be the future health supplier for 6 of the sufferers. a undeniable Dr. Richard Karnak used to be instrumental in attesting within the legal responsibility circumstances. ” “You imagine Richard Karnak equals Dickie Kodiak? ” “I don’t need to guess,” stated Syd. “Do you may have a photograph of the sufferer? whilst he used to be alive, I suggest? ” Dar fumbled throughout the dossier and got here up with a small passport picture categorized KODIAK, RICHARD R. Syd had tapped keys, and a high-resolution black-and-white photograph stuffed a 3rd of her PowerBook’s display. It was once an identical picture. “And Donald Borden? ” acknowledged Dar. “Alias Daryl Borges, alias Don Blake,” stated Syd, calling up a photo and information column at the different guy. “Eight priors—five for fraud, 3 for attack and battery. ” She checked out Dar and her eyes have been vivid. “Mr. Borges was once a member of an East L. A. gang till he was once twenty-eight, yet now he works for an attorney…a sure Jorgé Murphy Esposito. ” “Shit,” Dar acknowledged delightedly. “And Gennie Smiley. That needs to be faux. ” “Nope,” acknowledged Syd, one other column of information. “But it wasn’t her present felony identify, both. She used to be married seven years in the past. ” “Gennie Borges? ” guessed Dar. “Sí,” stated Syd, and her grin grew broader. “But Smiley used to be an past married name…married in brief to a Mr.

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