A Fire in the Sun (The second book in the Marid Audran by George Alec Effinger

By George Alec Effinger

Marid Audran has turn into every thing he as soon as despised. no longer goodbye in the past, he was once a hustler within the Budayeen, an Arabian ghetto in a Balkanized destiny Earth. again then, as usually as now not, he did not have the money to shop for himself a drink. yet he had his independence.Now Marid works for Friedlander Bey, "godfather" of the Budayeen, a guy whose strength stretches throughout a shattered, crumbling international. through the day, Marid is a policeman…and Bey's own envoy to the police. His new place has introduced him funds and gear which he could abandon in a second if he may well go back to a lifetime of neither possessing nor being owned. Which, regrettably, isn't really considered one of his options.It's additionally no longer a subject matter. For anything 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 associate. Murdering prostitutes and savaging their is still. indicators aspect to the hand of Abu Adil--the one guy within the urban whose energy opponents Friedlander Bey's. no matter what occurs subsequent, it is not going to be excellent news for Marid Audran…

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My son," he said slowly so I wouldn't misunderstand, "if Lieutenant Hajjar balks, he too can be removed. Perhaps you will have better luck with his successor. " "Allah guide you and me," I murmured. Friedlander Bey was pretty damn casual these days about off-bumping as a solution to life's little setbacks. I was struck again by the fact that Papa himself was in no rush to pull any triggers himself. He had learned at an early age to delegate responsibility. And I had become his favorite dele-gatee.

The Prophet nodded. "A condition forced upon you, as well. " "Early in my season of preaching, the Meccans would not listen to my word. I turned to the Sardar of Tayefand asked his permission to preach there. The Sardar gave permission, but I did not know that secretly he plotted to have me attacked by his hired villains. I was badly hurt, and I fell unconscious to the ground. A friend carried me out of Tayefand lay me beneath a shady tree. " Prophet Muhammad raised a hand. "Perhaps, but is a man not always in danger of dying?

I went into my bedroom and undressed. Then I took a quick shower and thought about what I wanted to say to Friedlander Bey. First, I was going to tell him that this slave-spy thing with Kmuzu was going to have to end pretty goddamn quick. Second, I wanted to let him know that I wasn't happy about being teamed with Officer Shaknahyi. And third, well, that's when I realized that I probably didn't have the nerve to mention anything at all about items one and two. I got out of the shower and toweled myself dry.

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