By Gore Vidal

ISBN-10: 0307742725

ISBN-13: 9780307742728

In Death ahead of Bedtime, speeding P.R. guy Peter Sargent is invited to the house of a venerable senator to aid strategize his drawing close run for president.  at the evening prior to he’s to announce, notwithstanding, the senator is murdered in his bed.  not wanted as a political publicist, Sargent unearths himself assisting the police locate the killer.  He deftly navigates an eccentric solid of characters, all of whom are suspects: the rebellious daughter; the sycophantic aide; the grieving widow; and the power-hungry governor together with his eye at the senator’s job.  in some way, among captivating the senator’s daughter and glad-handing Washington’s elite, Sargent nonetheless manages to methodically positioned the items into position and sees that politics actually is a cut-throat company.

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She pressed a hand against the soreness spreading across her left side. Her ribs ached, but her hand came away from the bruised area dry. She blinked and looked around and found that another body had struck her, its head still in her lap, eyes staring emptily upward. She shoved it away and scooted back. Far more people than seemed possible still stood, huddling against each other. As she watched, a few more fell, bodies twitching under the deafening gunfire. Mia had never seen anything like this.

The bolt of energy smacked against his head, kicking him backward. His weapon rattled across the floor. Mia slumped against the cabinet, her right arm a length of agony, each breath like the pinch of giant fingers. She felt clammy, and the bright black and silver pinpoints danced more frantically, growing in number. ” The transport drone had rolled alongside her. She blinked at it, wondering at the slight panic she heard in its voice, and wondered why a drone would panic. Then she remembered that it was being run by the RI, which was positronic.

44 MIRAGE “Sorry for being rude,” Hammis said. ” “Forget it. ” “Partly,” Hammis said. “We’ve got a hard programmed back-up helping. It took time to bypass all the systems the RI has—had—direct control of. A few things are run by imbedded hardware and none of that seemed affected at all. There are still functions we can’t operate now, like traffic control. All shuttle service has been suspended for the time being, but we have to get that back on-line soon—” “All right, we can take care of that much,” Derec said.

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