By George Alec Effinger
Marid Audran has develop into every little thing he as soon as despised. now not see you later in the past, he was once a hustler within the Budayeen, an Arabian ghetto in a Balkanized destiny Earth. again then, as frequently as no longer, he did not have the cash to shop for himself a drink. yet he had his independence.Now Marid works for Friedlander Bey, "godfather" of the Budayeen, a guy whose energy stretches throughout a shattered, crumbling global. in the course of the day, Marid is a policeman…and Bey's own envoy to the police. His new place has introduced him funds and tool which he may abandon in a second if he may possibly go back to a lifetime of neither possessing nor being owned. Which, regrettably, isn't really one in all his options.It's additionally now not a subject matter. For whatever darkish is afoot. whatever that's sending the town into chaos. supporting a child-mutilator to prevent arrest. Sending a killer to homicide Marid's accomplice. Murdering prostitutes and savaging their is still. indicators aspect to the hand of Abu Adil--the one guy within the urban whose strength opponents Friedlander Bey's. no matter what occurs subsequent, it is not going to be excellent news for Marid Audran…
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I'm glad I hadn't known that Friedlander Bey told my doctors to try something experimental and insanely dangerous. I guess he didn't want me to worry. Now that the frightening part is over, though, I'm glad I went through it. It's made me a more productive member of society and all that. When I had boring police work to do, which was almost every day, I chipped in an orange moddy that Hajjar had given me. It had a label that said it was manufactured in Helvetia. The Swiss, I suppose, have a high regard for efficiency.
I wouldn't mind getting my drugs wholesale. I've just never had much of a mind for commerce. "Until recently the Budayeen was your whole world. You know it well, my son, and you understand its people. " He extended to me a document laminated in plastic. I reached forward and took it from him. " I asked. "It is a title deed. You are now the owner of the property described upon it. From this day forward it is your business to operate. It is a profitable enterprise, my nephew. " I looked at the deed.
Asked Mahmoud. "Think maybe she walked out with some paper clips that belong to you? " I'd had enough. I stood up, and Saied stood up across the table from me. He took two quick steps toward me, grabbed my cloak with one hand, and pulled his other fist straight back. Before he could slug me, I chopped quickly at his nose. A little blood came out of his nostril. He was startled, but then his mouth began to twist in pure rage. I grabbed the rnoddy on his corymbic implant and ripped it loose. I could see his eyes unfocus.
A Fire in the Sun (The second book in the Marid Audran series) by George Alec Effinger