the ESP work being done at Duke University. He'd explained why he hated banking; Irma had made it clear that she really needed the mink coat no assistant professor could afford. It had been stalemate--a bitter, seven-year stalemate, until she finally gave up hope and demanded a divorce.
He threw the clipping away, and pulled out the final bit of paper. It was a rent receipt for a cold-water apartment on the poorer section of West End--from the price of eighteen dollars a month, it had to be a cold-water place. He frowned, considering it. Apartment 12. That might explain why his own apartment had been unused, though it made little sense to him. It would probably be watched by now, anyway.
* * * * *
He jerked to his feet at a sound on the window-sill, but it was only a cat, eyeing the unfinished donut. He threw the food out, and the cat dived after it. Hawkes waited for the touch of ice along his backbone to go away. It didn't.
This time, he tried to ignore it. He picked up the paper
A man wakes with no memory of the last seven months. He only knows he's in danger. No sooner does he leave his apartment than it explodes in flames. He sets off running through New York.
A nicely done paranoid sci-fi story of heat rays, disintegrating men, exploding cats, and trips to the moon. Aliens must be involved--what other explanation can there be?
Nice characters and good plotting. First rate story.
2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER
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