Dire Means by Geoffrey Neil
Approx. 128,240 words.
Published on June 20, 2010.
A ruthless vigilante uses terror to transform the affluent, coveted beach-side city of Santa Monica California. His ingeniously-targeted campaign of fear ends homelessness in days, curing public apathy toward the impoverished.
Dire Means weaves a tale of a city under siege, its citizens forced to flaunt the Golden Rule as the only way to survive. Only one person can end the nightmare.