In a city run by a powerful mobster, nobody wants to play the hero. Private eye Charlie Madison just wants to pay the rent. When a girl goes missing and no ransom demand is made, Madison takes the case. Time isn’t on his side, and after 48 hours, it’s unlikely an abducted child will be found in one piece. But Madison’s a champion of lost causes, and he’ll be damned before he gives up on her–even if it means putting his own life on the line. As the mystery unfolds, Madison learns a bizarre secret that seems too impossible to believe. It could explain why the girl was kidnapped. And why she might still be alive.
Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night. When he’s not grading papers, he’s imagining what the world might be like in a dozen alternate realities. Find his novels, novellas, and short stories wherever books are sold.