By George Alec Effinger
Marid Audran has turn into every thing he as soon as despised. now not goodbye in the past, he used to be a hustler within the Budayeen, an Arabian ghetto in a Balkanized destiny Earth. again then, as usually as no longer, he didn't have the cash to shop for himself a drink. yet he had his independence.
Now Marid works for Friedlander Bey, "godfather" of the Budayeen, a guy whose strength stretches throughout a shattered, crumbling global. through the day, Marid is a policeman…and Bey's own envoy to the police. His new place has introduced him cash and gear which he might abandon in a second if he may perhaps go back to a lifetime of neither possessing nor being owned. Which, regrettably, isn't one among his options.
It's additionally now not a subject matter. For anything darkish is afoot. whatever that's sending town into chaos. assisting a child-mutilator to prevent arrest. Sending a killer to homicide Marid's companion. Murdering prostitutes and savaging their continues to be. indicators aspect to the hand of Abu Adil--the one guy within the urban whose energy competitors Friedlander Bey's. no matter what occurs subsequent, it's not likely to be excellent news for Marid Audran…
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The lightweight mono-mol bag encompassed almost a half-cubic meter of volume, but massed less than twenty grams and could be folded up to about the size of a handkerchief when empty. ” I smiled, thinking I should pay another visit to my friend O’Rourke. In the meantime, I started weighing out gear on the bathroom scale. Twenty kilos turned out to be a lot. Chapter: Two Location: Neris Date: 2351-September-03 My peeda trilled sharply, jarring me awake. The display showed a simple text message from O’Rourke: Time to go!
The sound came from the approximate level of my knees. The voice, a woman’s voice, startled me so much that I fell into the empty lower berth under Pip’s, banging my head on the upper rail. She lay in the bunk under mine. Even as I struggled to my feet, I noticed how attractive she was with her dark skin and hair. ” I tried to stammer something apologetic but didn’t know what the appropriate comment might be. ” She propped herself on an elbow and squinted at me. ” I shook my head, unable to think of anything else to say.
He’s dead too,” the short one explained. They spoke gently, their words washing past me. Nothing seemed to stick. The security people weren’t going to put me in foster care or anything. Eighteen stanyers made me old enough to live by myself on Neris. Eventually they stopped talking, and I never even noticed when they left. We had been on our own if you didn’t count the Randys, the Davids, and the occasional Dorises for most of my life. Dad was somewhere in the Diurnia Quadrant. He’d never been a big influence and I didn’t even know what system he was in.
A Fire in the Sun (Marid Audran, Book 2) by George Alec Effinger