Chase should be dead. The package he carried was supposed to blow up and take out the guy he handed it to. He was just the courier, the delivery mechanism for a hit. Collateral damage.
But he's not.
When his package starts ringing, he finds a loaded gun, a phone, and the defused remains of the bomb inside. The stranger on the other end of the line tells him that she'd saved him.
And that he now has the chance for revenge and the tools to take it, if he wants.
Will he? Would you? Chase is a regular guy with a wife and a young family and a livelihood, and while they'd have been left without him by the bomber, can he risk them again by seeking vengeance? It's not like there's any support to be found in the slum where they live, and if he goes, they'll be dragged down too. And what of the motives of the woman on the phone? He only has her word that there was ever a bomb in the first place. Who is she? And perhaps more importantly, as he seeks the truth through layers of urban myth, who was she?
Answers will have to come fast as the forces that would have killed Chase circle ever closer around him and his family, and it won't be long before all choice is taken from him and the game becomes one of survival, for all he has, and all he'd leave behind.
“Fast paced, well structured plot and excellently written, ‘All You Leave Behind’ is a great novella which proves difficult to not want to read in one sitting.” – Luca Veste, Guilty Conscience
“This is an impressively sleek novella, written in stripped down prose with not a word out of place. The characters are well drawn, the plotting pacy, and Cregan creates such a pervasive atmosphere that you can almost taste the smell of dead junky.” – Eva Dolan, Loitering With Intent
“All You Leave Behind reminds me of the feel of good cyberpunk, particularly in the almost mythic aspects of Chase’s protector, and the way that’s expressed around the city by rumour, whispers, mysterious paintings. Add in a breakneck pace and it’s an interesting mix and a very good read.” – Iain Rowan
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