Age Group: Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: May 28, 2012
In the year 2031, the world is broke and broken. There are no more courts, or lawyers, or investigations...Only Men of Color. And in 2031, someone always pays.
They came for DeOtis Williams in the early morning.
They always did that.
Not at 6:00 a.m. or 7:00, times one would logically expect upon hearing, “They came in the early morning.”
No, they came in the early morning.
They came at one a.m. because that was the way things were done in the year 2031. They came because three attestants told a District Evidentiary Panel that on the day Christine Norwood was murdered, they witnessed DeOtis Williams knocking on Christine’s door.
“Knocking angrily,” they said.
And that was it.
Christine Norwood was dead and in 2031 someone must pay. It was the law.
Plain and simple.
Christine Norwood was dead, and DeOtis Williams would pay because three attestants had seen him at Christine’s door. And not just that, at her door knocking angrily. It was the way of things because in 2031 the world was skint. The empire destitute. And the state stone-broke. In fact, the entire planet was bust. The world was broke—and broken.
And because of that, grand juries, and investigations, and DNA testing no longer existed.
Plain and simple.
The courts were abandoned. Cast aside because they had devolved into an interminable labyrinth of congestion that came to be known as: The Inexhaustible Overload. So they created a new system complete with a new name. A bright, shiny name: District Evidentiary Panel. The name offered unrestricted hope for all because of that word: Evidentiary.
It was a word of most pleasant proportion.
The word meant someone would pay.
Oh, glorious word.
It rolled off one’s tongue with perfect symmetry and on this day it carried a name with it—DeOtis Williams.
Three attestants said so.
DeOtis Williams standing at Christine Norwood’s door knocking angrily.
Three attestants saw.
DeOtis Williams, the inculpated pizza delivery man.
And because of that and nothing else, they came.
Early in the morning.
Mike Kearby (born 1952) is an award-winning American novelist and inventor. Since 2005, Kearby has published ten novels, one graphic novel, and written two screenplays: (2011) Boston Nightly, with fellow writer Paul Bright and (2012) The Devouring. Boston Nightly is scheduled for filming in Dallas in the spring of 2013.