Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff

By Matt Ruff

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for homicide.

She tells police that she is a member of a mystery association dedicated to scuffling with evil; her department is named the dep. for the ultimate Disposition of Irredeemable Persons—"Bad Monkeys" for brief.

This confession earns Jane a visit to the jail's psychiatric wing, the place a physician makes an attempt to figure out even if she is mendacity, crazy—or taking part in a distinct video game altogether. What follows is among the such a lot shrewdpermanent and gripping novels you'll ever learn.

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By Matt Ruff

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for homicide.

She tells police that she is a member of a mystery association dedicated to scuffling with evil; her department is named the dep. for the ultimate Disposition of Irredeemable Persons—"Bad Monkeys" for brief.

This confession earns Jane a visit to the jail's psychiatric wing, the place a physician makes an attempt to figure out even if she is mendacity, crazy—or taking part in a distinct video game altogether. What follows is among the such a lot shrewdpermanent and gripping novels you'll ever learn.

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Not by the facts, but by his own instincts. Presumed Guilty 55 Logic, evidence, told him that Miranda Wood was the killer. Why did he have such a hard time believing it? The doubts had started a week ago, in that police station hallway. He’d watched the whole interrogation. He’d heard her denials, her lame explanations. He hadn’t been swayed. But when they’d come face-to-face in the hall, and she’d looked him straight in the eye, he’d felt the first stirrings of doubt. Would a murderess meet his gaze so unflinchingly?

His employees, for instance. ” “Yes. ” She let out a deep breath, as though relieved that the most painful part of her confession was finished. ” “I felt more…betrayed. ” “So for a month you walked around mad at Mr. ” “Sometimes. Mostly I felt stupid. And then he wouldn’t 38 Tess Gerritsen leave me alone. ” She looked up sharply. ” “No! ” She was sobbing now, screaming out her denials. The sound of her own voice echoed like some alien cry in that stark box of a room. She dropped her head into her hands and leaned forward on the table.

No more hysterics since that day at the police station. She looked cool and in control, which is how he’d always remembered her from their childhood. Evelyn the ice queen. “There’s the matter of the fingerprints,” said Tibbetts. ” asked Chase. ” “That’s the problem. The knife handle was wiped clean. Now, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Here’s this crime of passion, see? She uses her own knife. Pure impulse. ” “She must be brighter than you think,” Evelyn said, sniffing. ” asked Chase. “The suspect herself.

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