In a world where an eye for an eye isn't just a saying, it’s the law, James Mallory Murphy used to be one of the best at dispensing that law. Now, he’s a washed up assassin living In his parents basement. After one 'Delivery' goes 'wrong', he finds himself on the run from his peers.
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Aided by a not-so-ex Serbian Mafioso named Sergei, our hero James goes on the run in the strangest City in the world. In a world where his best friend invented time travel and where an alien makes watches, James' only hope to clear his name is to survive against seemingly impossible odds.
Who is James Mallory Murphy?
Five years ago he was the greatest Writman in the world. What’s a Writman? If you ask a DemRep politician, the answer will invariably be ‘gun-toting maniac out to kill criminals who need rehabilitation’. If you ask someone who hews to the Golden Rules (described by great thinkers as a ‘freeform social governance experiment sort of like libertarianism but with less attitude and better technology) you’ll get ‘someone who does his job pretty well and keeps the streets safe so cops can do important things like making people feel safe’.
If you ask James Mallory Murphy, aka James007, he’ll freely admit that he’s a legitimate assassin working for a steady paycheck and doing his best to stay above water. Like most others in his profession, though, he prefers phrases like ‘Deliveryman’ and ‘Delivered’ because it’s less … murder-y and more … people friendly. Then he’ll ask you not to tell his parents.
Once upon a time, he was the greatest Writman on the planet, though hardly anyone knew that.
That was five years ago.
Five years later, and we're here, now. Today. This very second.
Today, James can barely get the job done.
Today, he sets in motion a chain of events that will label him as a Renegade Writman (for allegedly violating the specific terms of the job).
Today he is sent on a gauntlet through the City (while being chased by peers out to score a big kill).
Today he’s forced to reevaluate his career, meet up with the slightly shady but nevertheless solid friend Sergei Setz (who may or may not be Russian Mafia), is put face to face with the world’s resident watch-making alien, is forced (by his parents no less) into getting a regular paying job working for the most depressing newspaper in existence.
Today he discovers a crime designed to shake the very foundation upon which The Golden Rules operates.
That secret could change everything.
Through it all, James reveals, not only a sense of humor that is both grim and sarcastic, but a world filled with mystery and wonder unlike any other.