Drax looked in the online search system, scrolling past
the first 30
pages of sponsored ads for a reasonably honest product
analyst who wasnt bribed off by the food and candy
break down what was in the evidence he had collected, a
and some bath salts.
Honest materials analysts were
hard to find;
ever since the Liberty Revolution had eliminated the
ingredients as a regulatory requirement, manufacturers,
confectioners, soda companies, major food
product makers, party drug sellers, and the bath salts
desperately wanted to keep their product secrets from
getting out to
anyone, especially not private death investigators like
especially not the public. Knowledge like that would
a lawsuit and a black eye if an enemy business interest,
exercise equipment industry, were to find out. Drax
type of search: medical biochemistry device services.
Rolands biochemistry and etc. service. All components
Rolands shop front was a greasy hole in the wall in the
basement district of Anaheim. It was only the back
room in which
he kept his unlicensed black market NMR machine that
reasonably sterile to keep out false positives for random
Only Roland, in his sterile suit, went in that room.
Drax put the cigarette into the machines sample tray,
and passed it
through the bulletproof window lazy Susan to the shop
chemist. Roland plucked up the sample tray and
deposited it into
his NMR machines core, and then disappeared into the
where the readout computer sat.
Drax turned on the flatscreen while he waited. Net
down. Sorry, youll have to settle for whatever the kids
Drax flipped through the recording titles: there were the
popular cartoons, The Adventures of Joe the Camel,
Her 50 Sold Separately Friends, and some old Charlton
religious flick. He settled on the latter. Something was
long. He got as far as Pilate asking Truth? What is
Roland opened the door carrying the paper readout.
Obviously, Cellulose, saliva, the usual burnt plant
bits, tar, arsenic, a huge spike of nicotine, off the chart
of what Ive
ever seen before, DDT, cadmium, a bonkers amount of
diacetylmorphine. Jesus this brand went hardcore in
Diacetylmorphine. Basically heroin.
You sure about that?
Yep. Reran it three times, even ran a reference
solution just to
make sure the instrument was clean. Smoke that with
in those bath salts and my guess is youve got an o.d.
Yeah hold on. Roland wandered back in and spun the
around again so Drax could put the bath salt package
The huge magnetic analyzer whirred again, dimming the
lights for a
Drax went back to watching Jesus get whipped.
Mephadrone. Potent shit. I thought the industry had
set a deadline
to stop selling that years ago.
Yeah, well, you know how that works. They set a
deadline, then it
becomes a future goal, then it passes by, then some
goes behind everyones back and reintroduces it, and
soon they all
do, without ever informing anyone at the Standards
Dont ask whats in Coca-cola these days.
Something like the original recipe, I suppose?
Something like it.
I presume youll be wanting to be paid in something
Right. Nothing traceable. Keeps me out of the
better keep a low profile as well. Whoever is selling
want to play by any old Producers Code of Honor.
Fortunately Drax was used to this. In his line having an
or two was par for the course. He pulled out a wad of