Headstone City by Tom Piccirilli

By Tom Piccirilli

The evening Johnny Danetello drove a death woman in the course of the streets of Brooklyn in his cab, he was once attempting to keep her lifestyles. as a substitute he ran down a cop and misplaced her and his freedom. each day in criminal, Johnny knew that Angie Monticelli’s relatives blamed him for her loss of life, and that going domestic will be suicide. yet Johnny has unfinished enterprise together with his former buddy grew to become mob boss, Vinny Monticelli.

Now Johnny has again to speak with the doomed and the dead–and look forward to Vinny to make his movement. Survivors of a long-ago freak coincidence, the 2 males proportion entry to trade realities not anyone else can know–and to a previous and current that may all develop into an analogous in a urban just one of them can depart alive. . . .

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When he was clearheaded and had none of the stuff in him, he realized that his delight in the dreams meant he was losing hold of reality. He was accepting fantasy for experience, and that horrified him. He was quite aware that he yearned for the dreams because they were the only way he could ever know sexuality; they were an entire world he had never envisioned or expected to experience. But this alone, he argued, was no reason to give in to them. His life had been built on battles, and if he were to lose one to a mere chemical substance when he had won so many against tough human adversaries, it was all a sham.

You made a mistake going to Miss London for this. She just has no concept of how to be devious. Sure, Kealy hates me, but he fears me more. There were other men who would have sold me out. " At first Ti was intensely pleased at the implication that they were not going to kill him. Then he realized that they would forgo that alternative only if Jon Margle had come up with something even more frightening. " he asked, hoping he would hear the alternative now, would not have to lie here and wonder about it.

Ti held the hands on him a moment more, then released them lest he kill the man. Without looking up, he directed the servos at the door where Margle had been waiting, hoping to catch the man off guard. "Nice try," Margle said from behind him, near the bed. " Ti turned, discouraged, and saw the Brother holding the same ornate throwing knife he had used to cow the mutant days earlier. The moment of hope that had flowered in him low withered and died, rotted down in the depths of him. He turned and went back to the bed, with his servos floating to either side.

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