A Writers of the Future semi-finalist
A hard-boiled private eye meets a high-tech mystery, in this short story by the author of the Stone Chalmers interstellar espionage series
A multi-millionaire heiress commits suicide after a biotech company implants an experimental treatment device in her brain. Her grieving, lawyer husband sued the company for millions more.
In comes a private investigator, ex-cop Albert Jimenez. Hired by the biotech company to dig up dirt on the “grieving” husband. He expected the usual: greed, a mistress, emotional manipulation, a marriage on the rocks.
Instead he found something far more sinister. Questions of brain chemicals and free will. Questions of what it means to be human.