By Aldous Huxley

A Hollywood millionaire with a fear of loss of life, whose own health care provider occurs to be engaged on a concept of longevity-these are the weather of Aldous Huxley's caustic and enjoyable satire on man's wish to dwell indefinitely. together with his regular wit and highbrow sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters of their quest for the everlasting, completing on a word of horror. "This is Mr. Huxley's Hollywood novel, and also you could count on it to be extraordinary, extravagant, loopy and preposterous. it's all that, and heaven and hell too....It is the type of novel that he's rather the grasp of, the place the main striking and fortuitous occasions are by way of contemplative little essays at the which means of life....The tale is outrageously good."—New York Times. "A hugely sensational plot that may hold striking you to virtually the ultimate sentence."—The New Yorker. "Mr. Huxley's stylish mockery, his merciless aptness of word, the revelations and the inventive surprises he springs at the reader are these of a grasp craftsman; Mr. Huxley is on the most sensible of his form." —London Times Literary Supplement.

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There was no real possibility that anyone important would walk through this guy's cross hairs. So it was not really prime time stuff. And in truth Ann didn't have much to offer. None of the victims was identified yet. None of the slain. The local PD was holding its cards close to its chest until families had been notified individually. So she had no heartwarming background stories to share. She wasn't sure which of the male victims had been family men. Or churchgoers. She didn't know if the woman had been a mother or a wife.

He glanced back at the parking meter. Fifty-nine minutes. He wouldn't need fifty-nine minutes. He opened the minivan's sliding rear door and leaned inside and unfolded a blanket and revealed the rifle. 308. It was the exact commercial equivalent of the M14 self-loading sniper rifle that the American military had used during his long-ago years in the service. It was a fine weapon. Maybe not quite as accurate with the first cold shot as a top-of-the-line bolt gun, but it would do. It would do just fine.

The air in the jar smelled of gunpowder. Cold and old, but not very. Emerson left James Barr's house at four in the morning, replaced by forensic specialists who would go through the whole place with a fine-toothed comb. He checked with his desk sergeant and confirmed that Barr was sleeping peacefully, in a cell on his own with round-the-clock medical supervision. Then he went home and caught a two-hour nap before showering and dressing for the press conference. The press conference killed the story stone dead.

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