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It's the year 2000 and the Silicon Valley city of Sunnyview is abuzz with the possibilities of vast fortunes to be made in the Dot Com boom. But to retired cop Benjamin Stone, who has come to Sunnyview to find his estranged daughter, Jessica, the promise of Sunnyview rings hollow.

Benjamin grew up in Sunnyview in the 1950s, when it was a sleepy farming town, and he finds its modern day counterpart strange and weirdly insubstantial. After Jessica turns up dead in a creek bed, apparently murdered, Benjamin follows clues that suggest a conspiracy involving a startup company and a Silicon Valley pioneer with a disturbing past.

As the mystery unravels, Benjamin must confront the reality of terrible crimes that occurred in the idealized town of his youth, which helped to make Silicon Valley what it is today. But as Benjamin attempts to unravel the conspiracy, all the clues begin to point toward a horrifying possibility: Sunnyview isn't what it seems.

©2015 Robert Kroese (P)2018 Robert Kroese

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great story

The story sucks you in and lets you travel along with the main character. At some points i miss the humor of Robert Kroese you can find in his other books, and yes, that humor might be missplaced in this story.

The narration is done very well even if i wonder why there was chosen for a female narrator to tell this from a first person perspective of a 58 year old man.

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Rod Serling-Franz Kafka cop mystery

City of sand. Shifting sand, sliding sand, sand that doesn't stay where you put it. Sand running out.

This starts off as a regular police investigation, a retired cop searching for his estranged daughter in his old home town of Sunnyview. The town has changed a lot from the rural peach-growing place of his youth to this new yuppy, Silicon Valley, up-and-coming place. Mixed up in this are his childhood memories, his grief over the loss of his wife, and then the falling out with his daughter. He learns that all is not on the up and up in the modern town. Weird things start happening, industrial poisoning, eugenics, secret studies on children, government corruption, and you gradually realize you are no longer in Sunnyview, but rather have wandered into the Twilight Zone.

Little can be trusted anymore, not your eye sight, the people you encounter, even your memories. As you fall into madness and paranoia, you wonder if those trying to help you really are, or if this is some more conspiracy.

The narration is perfect, although it may be odd to have a woman narrating a middle-aged man's story. This is a captivating, fascinating, disturbing tale that leaves you unsure of the ending. But you will come to believe that Carl Jung's "collective unconscious" is a bunch of hooey, and you'll never dare go to a psychiatrist!

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