Curing the Criminal
Alternate history thriller
Mehira Nimka, desperate to escape both the Brute Death plague and the restrictions of her criminal lineage, dreams of Gunther-by-the-Sea. A place, they say, that is free of the disease. A place where anyone can become anything they aspire to, regardless of their bloodline.
Mehira has no money to get there though. And she certainly has the wrong pedigree to gain passage overseas. That is, until she stumbles upon a plan.
On impulse, she swaps identities with her recently-deceased cousin of untainted lineage, determined to cash in on a most peculiar proposition made before her passing. A landmaster had invited this cousin to his countryside estate in exchange for 500 quarts payment. That is all, just stay at his estate for three months.
Is it strange? Yes. Too good to be true? Maybe. Are the mounting crimes she commits to pull off this scheme punishable by death? Absolutely. But this is her only chance to escape the existing death sentence of her everyday life in a decaying city.
Soon after arrival at the landmaster’s estate, though, Mehira’s host is murdered, and she is found standing over the body. And if she cannot uncover the killer’s identity before the ensuing investigation reveals her own, the only trip she will be taking is the one to the gallows.