Awakening in a seedy hotel next to a beautiful young woman he cannot recall meeting, Russell Murray finds himself in the middle of a mystery involving a briefcase full of galley proofs and--when the woman in his bed is found dead--murder.
Neal Barrett, Jr. was born in San Antonio Texas on November 3, 1929. His first science fiction work, To Tell the Truth, appeared in a 1960 issue of Galaxy. His short stories include Perpetuity Blues, Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus, Stairs, Cush, and Radio Station St. Jack. His short stories have also been collected in several books including Slightly Off Center: Eleven Extraordinarily Exhilarating Tales, The Day the Decorators Came, and Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. His first novel, Kelwin, was published in 1970. His other novels include The Gates of Time, The Leaves of Time, Stress Pattern, The Karma Corps, The Hereafter Gang, Interstate Dreams, and Prince of Christler-Coke. He also wrote graphic novels, crime fiction, young adult fantasy novels, and a variety of franchise novels for series like the Hardy Boys, Judge Dread, Babylon 5, and Dungeon's and Dragons. He was named Author Emeritus by SFWA in 2010. He died on January 12, 2014 at the age of 84.