The Swarming Stage

Gaylord Dold
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Nuclear disaster, crime, climate change and crumbling borders have
reduced the United States in 2092 to a disorganized dystopia. What was
once Los Angeles is now a vague area known as the Basin Security Zone
where economic activity is controlled by The Corporation. Human beings
are genetically engineered, there has been a Time of Rain, and animals
are being cloned and spliced.

Detective Sergeant Keiko Nomura, an expert on genetics and holographic
investigation is sent to the Palos Verdes Genetics Research Lab to
examine the dismembered body of a Russian geneticist named Kamenev.
While there, Keiko is interrupted by Quinn, a mysterious corporate
security expert. After a period of friction, the two agree to jointly
investigate the death of the scientist, especially when another Russian
scientist named Lara Ulyanov is found dead in her Benedict Canyon Island
Biotech Lab. The duo are puzzled by a huge, holographic bee hive with
an encoded software data slab that was being kept by Kamenev. It appears
that Kamenev was attached by a cloned animal. But was he? And, what
happens when Nomura and Quinn find themselves personally attracted to
one another?

Gaylord Dold was born in Kansas and raised in southern California during
the good old days. He has been a book publisher, a criminal defense
attorney and a professional writer for many years.
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About the author

Gaylord Dold is the author of fifteen works of fiction including the highly acclaimed private detective series featuring Mitch Roberts, a well as numerous contemporary crime thrillers. Many of his novels have been singled out for awards and praise by a number of critics and writer’s organizations. As one of the founders of Watermark Press, Dold edited and published a number of distinguished literary works, including the novel Leaving Las Vegas by John O’Brien, which was made into a movie starring Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue. Dold lives on the prairie of southern Kansas. 

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Gaylord Dold
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Jun 11, 2014
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