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The apartments above small old block of shops contains an odd assortment of characters, each with his or her own quixotic goals. In a week in March, their paths cross in unpredictable ways.
There’s the Anglican priest, for one. He moved out of his parish in confusion after being told by God, in no uncertain terms, that He (God) did not exist. Now the priest is trying to break all the commandments, then work on all the cardinal sins.
There’s the poet who has given up on high art and is simply, and unsuccessfully, trying to write a book of limericks about good places to buy cinnamon buns.
There are two students from the local university, trying to assemble a bomb to use on the subway, to make a political point or two.
Finally, there’s a pregnant woman in a ground-floor apartment convinced she’s carrying not only a baby, but a genuine alien who’s drawing up a report on Earthlings to decide whether or not Earth should have its humans removed.
To this assembly comes a CSIS agent, sent by his superiors to get him out of the way for a week or two. They really don’t expect him to find anything.
The one unused apartment? That’s the object of a foursome of teenagers who have targeted it for a romantic afternoon tryst, as soon as they can arrange it.
Pursued by his wife’s largish brothers, the priest skips town with the poet, intending to climb a hill called Mount Moriah to see if that nonexistent God has a supplementary message for him. This pair is followed by (among others) the CSIS agent who thinks the poet was the source of the bomb-making equipment he found. The agent is accompanied by the woman with the alien implant, since they’ve become lovers. The whole bunch is followed in turn by a Canadian special forces JTF2 agent.
While these people are climbing hills in search of enlightenment, a garbled version of events has got the American and Canadian governments convinced there’s a major terrorist threat at the apartment building.
Which there would be, if the two students weren’t already on their way to Toronto with their little device, pursued by a couple of US SEALs.
So there isn’t anyone doing anything wrong at the apartment (other than a couple of pairs of oversexed teens) when the army actually gets to the apartment.
In the end, the university students are prevented from setting off their device, the priest and his followers watch the alien depart by flying saucer, and people generally set through it all.
- Categoría: Misterio y suspense
- Publicación: 15/04/2011
- Editorial: Lenny Everson
- Páginas impresas: 206 páginas
- Idioma: Inglés