OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.
My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.
Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.
“[A] tightly-written futuristic detective story set in an alternate Atlanta… This crisp debut marks Hughes as a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly
In celebration of the September launch of Clean, I’ve pulled out an old document from the trunk. Clean’s hero got hired back to the future DeKalb County police department after he fell off the wagon and made a major mistake – but it was a close thing. Here’s the handy guide he got on re–hire to make his priorities clear.
Top Five Ways to Make Paulsen Happy:
A Helpful Guide for the Re–Employed Telepathy Consultant (This Means You)
5. Do your reports.
Fill out all your paperwork on time without me prompting you. Turn it into the correct parties – mostly, this means me – without me prompting you. If you do well, document it. If you screw up, for crying out loud, document it, then come find me and explain. I can’t back you up and I can’t fix it if I don’t know what the crap is going on.
4. Don’t fight with Clark.
I’m a policewoman, not a kindergarten teacher. Try to keep the squabbling – specifically, the squabbing I have to deal with – to an absolute minimum. If you show up with complaints, be prepared to explain why exactly this is my problem.
3. Finish your interviews.
Yes, we’re letting you help Homicide solve specialty cases. Yes, this is a useful and fun project for you. But no, this doesn’t mean you get to skip your regular job. I expect your hours in the interview room to happen. On time. And I expect you to get confessions – or at least distinguish between the innocent and the guilty, on tape, so we can convict or release as needed.
2. Don’t give suspects a reason to sue the department.
Be polite, be effective, and stay within the letter of the law. Ask Bellury if you have a question. We almost lost that last lawsuit, and I’m out of patience, legal funds, and humor. Get it on tape and leave it be.
1. Don’t give me a headache.
This goes without saying – but I’ll say it anyway since it’s you. I run the biggest group of cops in this department and I’m doing it with the city screaming and the budget getting continually cut. You’re here to get me results, not to give me headaches. See that you remember that. And see that you stay on the effing wagon this time!
—Lieutenant Marla Paulsen