Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.


Cover image for


Author: Frederik Pohl
Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,965 / 16 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,837
Added to site: 2009.11.03 25721

Sure, Larry Connaught saved my life—but it was how he did it that forced me to murder him!

Show Excerpt

of steel, and there is no mattress, only an extra blanket of thin olive-drab. It isn't comfortable; but of course they expect to make me still more uncomfortable.

They expect to take me out of this precinct jail to the District prison and eventually to the death house.

Sure, there will be a trial first, but that is only a formality. Not only did they catch me with the smoking gun in my hand and Connaught bubbling to death through the hole in his throat, but I admitted it.

I--knowing what I was doing, with, as they say, malice aforethought--deliberately shot to death Laurence Connaught.

They execute murderers. So they mean to execute me.

Especially because Laurence Connaught had saved my life.

Well, ther

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Sardo Weems

Great story by Pohl. Some things, however wonderful, have to be kept secret. Completely secret.



Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

login | register

User ID


reset password

Author of the Day

Brian Blose
Brian Blose is a software developer and army veteran who enjoys reading and writing fiction that contains flawed heroes, unreliable narrators and moral dilemmas. His book, The Participants, is no exception and had readers glued to the story until the very last page. As our author of the day, Blose chats about the Heinsenberg uncertainty principle, how TV shows from the 90s inspired this book and gives us some behind-the-scenes insights in the creation of The Participants.
Read full interview...