A vigilante is determined to end homelessness in Santa Monica, California. His bizarre method makes examples of those who fail to show kindness to the impoverished. Citizens panic, engaging in flagrant displays of public brotherly love as the only way to feel safe outside their homes. Businesses post signs in windows, flaunting perks for the homeless to avoid being targeted. An unprecedented law-enforcement response is stymied and the city becomes a virtual armed encampment. When Mark Denny, a local IT guy, is trapped in the vigilante's scheme he must choose whether to use his skills to maintain the public's fear-fueled generosity, or face his own horrific fate.
Dire Means is a taut thriller that brings you page after page of nail-biting tension laced with moral quandaries.
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I know you're afraid. I don't blame you. Let's be honest, Dire Means could overwhelm you. Several characters use unfiltered profanity when angry or hurt. And suppose the plot is too intense, you slam the book shut halfway through and flee your favorite reading chair for emergency psychological help? The book's $4 price would have set you back the cost of an ice cream sundae, right? Relax. This doesn't need to happen. Use Amazon's Look Inside feature to read a more-than-generous sample. If this doesn't make your purchase feel safe enough then just go enjoy your ice cream instead. I won't be upset. I won't even know ... unless we meet some fine day and you get all fidgety when I ask what your favorite scene was.
Dire Means is not a sermon and will satisfy readers whether they have sympathy or criticism for homeless people. The story examines what would happen if fear, rather than brotherly love, motivated kind acts. Is the reason for kindness important?
The idea came to me after I gave money, through my car's window, to a homeless man. As I drove away, I wondered why altruism has never succeeded in completely eliminating homelessness. "Love your neighbor" is a message preached weekly from church pulpits across the nation. Still, homelessness persists and grows. Nonprofit organizations make noble attempts to help, but the problem expands quicker than they can chip away at it. While contemplating the futility of a thorough solution, I became obsessed with a concept that would become Dire Means. If appeals to public kindness haven't succeeded, what if someone harnessed terror to make adherence to the Golden Rule the only practical way to feel safe?
A vigilante launches a terror spree to cure public apathy toward homelessness.
What if he succeeds?
On each day of November, a new person has gone missing in Santa Monica, California. Police, FBI and seasoned profilers from every corner of the country swarm the city, only to be stymied by seemingly perfect abductions. Soon, as mysteriously as they had vanished, the bodies of the missing begin to appear -each adorned with secretly taped footage of their abuse of the homeless. When the footage is released to the media, the vigilante's modus operandi becomes clear to a terrified public. Overt kindness to the impoverished provides the only camouflage against the furious killer's righteous indignation. Within days, the city of Santa Monica is transformed as unprecedented altruism and self-preserving generosity ends homelessness. But how long can the perfect extortion of brotherly love last? Mark Denny, a computer technician, is lured and then trapped in the killer's scheme to maintain the public's fear-fueled kindness to anyone who appears to be homeless. Matching technological wits is the only way Mark can end the city's terror and save his own life.
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