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The Lexicon Case

by Michael T. Best

About the Author: Michael T. Best is the author of science fiction, fantasy and American history books. He lives with his wife, two sons and a dog named Scully.


The moon traveled in front of the sun and millions stopped, watched and hoped their filtered glasses were legit and not a part of some diabolical plan to blind the entire nation.

Nick Kane didn’t care. He missed the whole waxing and waning eclipse. He needed money, needed it bad, so bad that he took a job that sent him inside the hyperloop for three and a half hours. Gone were the days when he could make a quick ten grand in the mixed bionic ring.

The hyperloop traveled from Old Vegas to New Shanghai. Kane had one eye on the large entertainment screen and one on the small screen on his wristwatch from which the young woman was speaking to him. She was just a face, one that was not quite real, not quite fake. Her name was Grable. She had no body, just an electronic brain and voice, one that talked, laughed, collated, analyzed and assisted his investigations.

“Good news, Nick,” announced Grable.

“Old Manchester U dominated Arsenal again.”

“No, Nick, we have a new case.”

“What is it?”

“Four recent crimes have a distinct and observable connection.”


On his small wristwatch screen, Grable broadcast an image of four butterfly shaped wings branded into the back of a man’s neck.

“Each criminal had this kind of butterfly tattoo and each worked briefly at a corporation called Lexicon based in New Shanghai and each criminal swears to have no knowledge of committing the crime.”

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