Killer in the Retroscape: A Near-Future Mystery

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In 2068, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Douglas (Doug) Michaels finds his lifelong friend Josh Unger dead in his home.

When law enforcement concludes his death was a suicide, Doug and his wife Ali are dumbstruck; they wonder what could explain such a needlessly violent and lonely death in a future where such actions are unimaginable.

Trying to unearth a killer, be it either flesh and blood or the cumulative stress of life, Doug creates a mental landscape of Josh’s past, a retroscape, starting in the mid-2030s.

Among its landmarks are:


  • An illness sensationalized in the media as the “zombie pandemic” that drives a wedge between husband and wife, parents and children
  • Cryptic communications between Josh and an “after-life specialist” who peddles immortality services
  • A mysterious phrase uttered at the assassination of a government official that ties it to Josh’s death 14 years later
  • Josh’s machine-intelligence wife Julia, who may hold the secret to his death…if she can only remember

In the end, determining guilt in a retroscape littered with suspects tells Doug more about humanity, technology, and himself than he ever would have imagined.

©2018 Bruce M. Perrin (P)2020 Bruce M. Perrin