View From The Writing Instrument

Christopher Farnsworth KillFile

August 19, 201610 min
ohn Smith has a unique skill, one that sometimes feels more like a curse: he can read the thoughts of others. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, their most private reflections and fears, and the memories they’ve tried to bury. Trained as a secret weapon by the CIA, he learned the power of his skills in a past life, but now works in the private sector as a consultant for private and corporate clients in need of an extra edge. John now tries to keep the dark potentials of his gift in check — and himself out of trouble. Sought out by Everett Sloan, a software genius and billionaire, John is asked to investigate one of his former employees: young tech whiz kid Eli Preston, and search his thoughts for some very valuable intellectual property Sloan is convinced has been stolen. Will John succeed at retrieving this property directly from Preston’s mind? When things start to go awry and John’s identity is compromised, he’s forced to make a run for his life along with Sloan’s associate

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