Twenty Palaces: A Prequel (Twenty Palaces, Book 0) by Harry Connolly
By Harry Connolly
While Ray Lilly used to be thirteen years previous, a handgun twist of fate landed his ally, Jon Burrows, in a wheelchair and grew to become Ray right into a runaway and petty felony. Fifteen years later, Ray returns domestic after a stint in legal; he’s decided to move instantly, yet he is familiar with he can’t do this with out making peace along with his outdated friend.
What Ray doesn’t count on is to find that Jon has simply bought a mysterious cure–not simply is he out of his wheelchair, he turns out superior and speedier than… good, pretty well somebody. Worse, his treatment has drawn all kinds of undesirable cognizance: the media are camped out on his block, the police are investigating him for coverage fraud, and bizarre shadowy figures have all started to attract nearer, figures who basically don't suggest to do Jon any good.
Can Ray compensate for the most important mistake of his lifestyles through maintaining his oldest and ally? What’s extra, should still he?
The self-published prequel to the Twenty Palaces sequence.
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