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Chapter 1

The Scarab

By Scott Rhine

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 Scott Rhine

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DISCLAIMER: This is a work of fiction. Corporations, places, and characters depicted herein are imaginary and for entertainment purposes only. Any similarity to real companies, places, or people is coincidental.

To my wife, Tammy, who believes in me.

Thanks, also, to Weston Kincade for the edits.

Chapter 1 – Secret Identity

I closed my eyes and listened to the squad car’s engine run. I liked fixing cars because there’s always a right answer if you pay attention. My dad used to say, “An engine problem comes down to a simple matter of fuel, air, and fire.” Of course, these days, there’s a lot of software added into the mix, but that’s pretty black and white as well. Sometimes, I wish people came with manuals.

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