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Low Key Sings the High Notes

Chapter 23 Low Key Sings the High Notes   “This is like standing on a high springboard and waiting to execute a twisting gainer.” The CEO hadn’t ever done one, and would’ve been antsy about standing on a brink—even with a bracer of drugs to blunt the edge. “We can’t take the plunge until something […]

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Requiem for the Undead

Chapter 28 Requiem for the Undead   “I won’t deliver a statement—per say.” Wall Soft’s acting CEO was at an outdoor podium, facing a throng of reporters. “I’ll just take questions.” “What happened today on the Sound?” Though he hadn’t been pointed at, a senior wire representative took the honor. “Bob Wall’s yacht,” Collin took […]

Games of Ring Around the Squid

Chapter 27 Games of Ring Around the Squid   The Iranian programmer tossed a jute rope around a metal bollard and cinched up the slack. While looping a half hitch, he saw Ghazi reach into his carryall: the hand stayed put. He’s got a ready thumb on the detonator. “You are far too important to […]

General Quintet and an Absconder

Chapter 26 The General Quintet and an Absconder   “I’ll trudge the rest of the way.” Tariq had his beautiful chauffer stop a block from the warehouse. As he walked, the Iranian recalled the poignant promise he made referencing Tolkien’s Bilbo and the battle of five armies. ‘I don’t know who the other four combatants […]

Heiress of the Dog

Chapter 25 Heiress of the Dog that Bites   “I’ve nothing left!” Locked in an executive washroom, Bob had just taken a strong dosage of heroin but it had yet to fix his gloomy mood. His pronouncement wasn’t entirely accurate either. Much of his wealth was in limbo: his personal money had bought Omani shares […]

Two Companies and Three is Torturous

Chapter 24 Two Companies and Three is Torturous   “Sheik Omani?” A light rap on the door accompanied the voice. “Enter.” Ghazi swung his legs off the office sofa and sat upright. “A brokerage house in Detroit,” a junior executive held a fax print out in an unsteady hand, “just tendered some of your long-term […]

Low Key Sings the High Notes

Chapter 23 Low Key Sings the High Notes “This is like standing on a high springboard and waiting to execute a twisting gainer.” The CEO hadn’t ever done one, and would’ve been antsy about standing on a brink—even with a bracer of drugs to blunt the edge. “We can’t take the plunge until something distracting […]

A Monk’s Key

Chapter 22 A Monk’s Key and Some Prime Mates   “You’re not coming out?” Kareem’s voice betrayed his offense. “I’ve spent weeks with you and the squad.” Chances to get away were rare and Tariq preferred not wasting this one by watching more whoring. [Warriors with no futures must live in the present—excessively.] “Fine.” The […]

Smoking Catfish

Chapter 21 Smoking Catfish in Spider Silk Nets   The Programmer bit into an oral-incinerating tidbit: it was tough like gnawing on a smoldering stick of fish-flavored chewing gum. “My food is fiery so yours must be a five-alarm blaze.” Tariq spit the bite in a napkin and took a gulp of water—but it didn’t […]

Here Siam Without Remorse

Chapter 20 Here Siam Without Remorse   ‘I’m authorized to take you to a special training facility.’ Kareem had not extended the offer to the girl after all. ‘Your daughter is welcome to come along on our flight, but only to stay in the nearby city.’ As Tariq pulled his luggage from a lavishly decorated […]

Checkmate in a Queen’s Rookery

Chapter 19 Checkmate in a Queen’s Rookery   “You are like shrieking cloth hawkers in a Marrakech market.” Ghazi bin Omani cursed as the principle officers of various attacked companies traipsed into the boardroom, in a piecemeal throng, to display endless bolts of bad news. “According to each, new money should be applied as suture […]

Extremists of a Trading Floor Jihad

Chapter 18 Extremists of a Trading Floor Jihad   “I don’t want a food menu.” The programmer declined the waiter. The two men had chatted while Tariq finished his workout: Kareem had begged off owing to his past strain. Fatima had shown up and that prompted the jihad man to insist on a lunch together. […]

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