By Steve Martini
Jocelyn "Joss" Cole, a burned-out public defender from L.A., has opted for a quieter lifestyles within the San Juan Islands of Washington nation. Joss has no major consumers except a bunch of business fisherman being affected by an odd and severe ailment, a that medical professionals can't diagnose, and which Joss believes has an commercial reason. Then into her workplace comes Dean Belden, a well-heeled patron looking for a attorney to aid him arrange a enterprise within the islands. inside days Belden is subpoenaed to seem sooner than a federal grand jury. under an hour after attesting, and sooner than Joss can detect what occurred within the secrecy of the grand jury room, Belden dies in a fiery explosion of his drift aircraft on Seattle's Lake Union. Gideon Van Ry is a nuclear fission specialist and a student in place of abode on the heart for Nonproliferation experiences in Monterey, California. one among his tasks is to replace the Center's database, an in depth catalog directory fissionable fabrics and guns of mass destruction. Gideon is stricken via the obvious failure to account for 2 small tactical nuclear units lacking from a garage facility within the former Soviet Union.The guns have been final visible in packing crates, to be shipped to an American corporation known as Belden Electronics. Gideon has been not able to find this enterprise, and now he's left with just one attainable lead, the legal professional who integrated the company-Jocelyn Cole. Fraught with pressure and suspense, serious Mass is Steve Martini at his electrifying most sensible. it's the tale of what can occur in an international the place deepest hate and public apathy mix to uncork the dozing yet lethal genie of nuclear terror.
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It had all been far too beautiful, too gorgeously complex and inexorable--until an artist had inexplicably failed to die, and dropped a spanner into the clockworks. Still, it wasn't a total loss. Parts of the machine were still turning nicely, and since they were dependent only on his own actions, they would continue to run. From here on out, he would abandon the complex, and keep things simple, and brutal. The clock across the way told him it was time for sleep: He had a seven o'clock appointment, a full day of meetings, and a trip to St Albans to arrange.
Estelle squealed with excitement when the wind caught us. She exclaimed at the houses that turned into sheds and then doll-houses, the horses receding to the size of dogs and then figurines, a motorcar becoming a toy, and a man on a bicycle who became little more than a crawling beetle. We rode the wind up and up over the town, then Javitz pulled us into a wide circle and aimed back the way we had come, roaring lower and lower. The houses, animals, and figures grew again as he prepared to buzz over the Ross rooftop--and then I glimpsed the man on the bicycle, only he was not simply a man, he was a man with a constabulary helmet, and he was standing on the Ross walkway craning up at us.
One clever man stood, straightening his neck-tie with manicured fingers. He reached out to give the silver pen a minuscule adjustment, returning it to symmetry with the edge of the desk, then walked across the silken carpet to the door. There he surveyed the mirror that hung on the wall, leaning forward to touch the white streak--really quite handsome--over the right temple before settling his freshly brushed hat over it. He firmed the tie again, and reached for the handle. The other man, too, tugged at his tie, grateful for it.
Critical Mass by Steve Martini