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Excerpt from Dark Windows by Louis Greenberg

Dark WindowsLouis Greenberg‘s literary thriller Dark Windows is out next month and Random House Struik have shared an excerpt from the first chapter. Protagonist Jay Rowan has been contacted by Kenneth Lang to do a very specific job.

Jay follows the instructions left in a locker at his gym to black out the windows of an office and set up motion and heat detectors, which he does without asking questions: “It makes as much sense as anything he did for Lang in the townships: poisoning livestock, setting booby traps in the gas cookers of certain shebeens.”

After doing the job, Jay turns up late for his government mandated recalibration treatment, laid out in the terms of his probation agreement by the ruling party, Gaia Peace.

Jay pries open a new tin of black paint and feels the smell enter him, mixing with his cells. ‘Use only in well ventilated areas,’ the can says. He makes sure the windows are sealed shut, breathes in deeply, and begins.

It was on the front page of the local paper a few months ago: right here, a lawyer shot a client and then himself. Jay tries to imagine the pain that condensed in this office, the remnants of two evaporated lives circulating through the building’s recycled air. He hears the clatter of furniture, a chair crashing back, feral shouts. There would have been blood and bullet holes, the smell of gunfire.

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