Chapter One: A Hardboiled Life in the CitySection One: On the HuntIt was raining in the city by the bay. A hard rain. Hard enough to wash the slime out of the streets.
Dixon Hill thought back over the words of his friend, Mr. Data, as the radiator behind him cracked and popped. It fought the valiant battle to keep the cold and damp out of his office. It usually lost.
Beyond the single pane window the deep sounds of a far-off ship's horn echoed through the fog and rain, crying out like a lost animal in the night.
He listened. Many days he had just sat, feet up on his desk, and listened to that deep,...