A Strange Valley by Darrell Bain

By Darrell Bain

A clerk operating within the census bureau discovers a sequence of anomalies within the inhabitants of a small urban positioned within the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk keeps to enquire. He reveals that, on typical, the folk of the town and surrounding valley, are a bit smarter, much less non secular, extra thrifty, marry much less, have the next point of schooling, are extra sexually liberated and feature fewer health problems. the town additionally refuses govt funds for faculties and roads, has little crime and no signal of racial unrest. None of those components might suggest a lot taken by myself, yet jointly, they spell out a inhabitants that's relatively skewed from the traditional. strangely, hardly ever someone within the valley realizes that the majority of them are diversified from the typical. they only imagine they stay in a superb position between reliable humans. Then the research starts...

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Use the shredder when you're finished, and if you have to talk to Mister Phillips about it, have the facts memorized. I'll leave a man here to observe the disposal. ” With that, Mullins departed, his part in the drama completed, but Crafton stayed very late. At last he decided that he had no choice; he would have to inform the director, no matter what time it was. Daniel Stenning's profile matched the oddities found in the people of Masterville Valley in every case where they could be verified.

How did that happen? ” “Tyrone knew him from some business dealings of some sort before he went with the agency. They discovered that they think alike and Tyrone asked him to try getting hired. It worked, obviously. Tyrone is positively a genius for thinking so far ahead. ” Lisa shivered. “It sounds dangerous to me. ” “Try not to think about it. And especially try not to say anything downstairs that might be revealing. ” “I'll be careful. ” Marybeth shook her head. “So it's Daniel already, huh?

Remember the hoorah in the Capitol when he ruled against us being forced to use state Textbooks? And we all have friends that we know who share similar lifestyles. Just be discreet. ” All of the council members knew that Beamer had been investigating the phenomenon for some time, trying to discover just what was responsible for making Masterville a city akin to no other that they knew of. ” Jones asked. “I'm getting closer, I think. Eric's library records and Eileen's old ledgers from the courthouse are helping.

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