By Mike Monahan

Barracuda is a fast moving mystery with the intention to be loved via readers who get pleasure from the aquatic motion of Jaws, the mob intrigue of The Godfather, and the police procedural experience of The Onion box.

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Then Knox followed the others outside, Watson handed him the jellybomb, because it was Knox's mission, and Knox pulled the tab, and slung the pill underhand, through the broken window. They stood on the opposite side of the street, and when the first rush of heat came at them, they turned away to avoid getting their eyeballs singed. It was like a sirocco, then a whump of pressure and bits of what was inside the store, including Kapp, came slicing out through the broken front window. Flames slashed after the shrapnel, and erupted into the street.

She had walked straight out to the edge of the world, and kept right on going. I don't think she knew I was following her. I went back to my house and laid down. ” She was furious, still furious. ” “I know who I am,” I said, getting angry too, “and I want to know who you are. I saw you walking out there off the edge. ” “Some of us are talented, some aren't. ” Really a snotty answer, boy! “I was here first! ” Then she really blew her stack and shouted at me. “Yes, you silly, irresponsible clown, I'm responsible.

Except, what he did was: he threw up his free hand to ward off the paperbacks, and swerved around me and started running away from me down a side street. I couldn't understand what was happening, but I picked up the paperbacks and took off after him. I ran as fast as I could, which was pretty fast, and I started to catch up to him. When he looked over his shoulder and saw me coming, he screamed and ran like a madman. I chased him right off the edge of the world. He kept on running, right out into that darkness with the snowstorm in it, and he disappeared after a while, but I saw him still running at top speed till he was out of sight.

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