Fusion Reactor (The Con)
If somebody was to tell you that they had a clever way to make free power, all through the application of nuclear fusion; that it was safe, cheap and reliable; that it could be shown to work, here, now, in this suitcase; then anyone, even a suspicious British investigator like Amelia Hartliss would welcome the news. Surely. It can't be too good to be true, can it? Above all, it can't be a con! More
Nuclear powers stations now, the kind that are dotted around the coast lines of many industrialised countries like the Uk, the USA, and Japan, operate on the principle of nuclear fission. It's hot, dangerous, and produces radioactive waste that last for thousands of years. What would be better, surely, would be nuclear fusion. It's what makes the sun itself shine. It's cheap, safe, produces no waste, and, if it could be demonstrated to work, say, in a test rig set up in a handy suitcase, it could be the answer to most of humanity's dreams right now. Free power. Even a cynical investigator like Amelia Hartliss, ('Heartless' to her friends), would want to see that working. And it did. Or, at least, it appeared to do so. Was it real? Or could it be, even possibly, a huge con. After all, the man with the suitcase is well know to police and Security alike: he has a track record as a con artist. Is this just the latest of his stunts? Or has he really found something worthwhile, at last? Melia needs to find out, before more people get killed - as they seem to do, if they're involved with this new scheme - and before she has to face up to the fact that her old friend Ali, her best friend from school, might not have died in an accident, after all. It may have been murder.