A grounded, near-future Midwestern science fiction novel with elements of mystery and metaphysics.
Ever since civil war fractured the United States fifty years ago, Harmony “Bibi” Cain has isolated himself: from society, from technology, from family. A powerful empath who’s weary from the constant intrusion of others’ emotions, he’s finally shuttered his detective agency to seek the hollow peace of further isolation.
But when four impossible-seeming murders shake North America, Bibi is drawn into a case he wants nothing to do with. The victims were killed by motes—unstoppable drones only an empath can control—and decades ago, Bibi was part of the program that created them: the program that weaponized empathy.
Manuscript by Andy Giesler complete; currently in beta reading and editing.