By Jeffrey Thomas
Punktown: validated through Earth colonists on a remote global, a crime-ridden megalopolis peopled via numerous races. there's Stake, the personal detective with chameleon-like skills he cannot regulate. there's his filthy rich purchaser, Fukuda, whose corporation mass produces existence kinds for exertions and as playthings. there's Fukuda's appealing teenage daughter, whose invaluable exceptional residing doll has been stolen. and there's the doll itself, growing to be in dimension and resentment. in the meantime, at an deserted residence advanced with a gloomy historical past, a difficult road gang and a band of mutant squatters were trapped within by means of bioengineered existence kinds mindlessly bent on destroying them like an infestation of vermin. The destinies of some of these members will converge and collide.
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There wasn’t. Holding his breath against the strong chemical smell of Tiny Meat’s bile, Javier rushed forward also now that Nhu was out of the way. Not waiting for Tiny Meat’s bile to finish dissolving the hand, he pointed his gun at it and fired. The foaming blob splattered into chunks. Was gone. And the window completed its serene downward passage, meeting the sill and sealing. Locked. Glancing back to make sure her fellow gang members were done spitting and shooting, Nhu moved in and touched the button that activated an alarm on the window, should the things manage to force the pane open somehow with those three remaining, spread palms.
Stake didn’t doubt it, from the looks of this building. This business. But its exact nature was still somewhat unclear to him. The private investigator glanced toward the windows, that massive double-helix sculpture looming up from below. “What do you do here, sir, if I might ask? ” Fukuda laughed, and stopped pumping his body like a bellows to look over at his guest. “Yes, we make toys, Mr. Stake, but I’m not a toy maker. ” He laughed again. “Fukuda Bioforms designs and manufactures a wide variety of bio-engineered life forms, for any number of purposes, depending on our clients’ needs.
I don’t have a problem with any of the phys ed teachers who would be in the locker room. But I have had a problem with some of the girls here, in the past few years. It’s always like that. ” “Sure. Right now—but don’t make it obvious— do you see anyone taking extra interest in our conversation? ” 64 Deadstock He saw Yuki involuntarily turn her head just a fraction, but her glistening eyes rolled about in wide, morose arcs. ” “Mm,” Stake agreed, peering over the rim of his coffee cup as he sipped from it, and taking in the many curious glances.
Deadstock by Jeffrey Thomas