A Secret About a Secret
A hypnotic mystery about a murder at a secluded research facility and the secrets that it exposes.
In a world not quite our own, a stranger arrives at a brooding manor on a remote coast. Myles is an agent of Standard Division, the most feared element of a vast security apparatus, and he has come to Ondstrand House, the headquarters of biotech firm Ondstrand Biologic, to investigate a murder. Ondstrand Biologic is engaged in advanced genetic engineering, and Allegra Stans, one of the firm’s most gifted scientists, has been found dead on the premises—her neck broken. As his investigation proceeds, Myles quickly discovers that gifted scientist is only one thread in the complicated fabric of Allegra’s life; there are darker strands as well—of ambition, manipulation, and bitter grievance—all woven in a web of secrets and motives for murder. And Allegra’s aren’t the only mysteries Myles finds himself unraveling. Her colleagues, lovers and former lovers—the very halls of Ondstrand House itself—have much to hide, and Myles eventually learns that even his own masters in Standard Division haven’t told him everything they know. When another murder is discovered, Myles finds himself an increasingly unwelcome presence in an ever more hostile landscape.