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Read the new short story about business with family: Why I Had to Kill My Brother.
All hackers are strange but Jim Kincaid is stranger than most. A Canadian Catholic, he observes Kosher dietary laws, spends beyond his means, and jealously guards his identity as the hacker White Cell. Unknown to him, he even has a connection to Homeland Security in the US. Yet these idiosyncrasies are the least of his problems.
Creditors are now calling in loans. Maxed out on credit, Jim is facing bankruptcy. Even worse, he faces the loss of his precious computer equipment. With nowhere else to turn and against the advice of his best friend, he borrows money through an acquaintance. It’s a done deal by the time he discovers the true source of the loan, and he is appalled to find himself indebted to the Mafia.
But money is not what the mob wants from him. His hacking skills are far more valuable. Unwittingly drawn into a world of extortion, murder, and terrorism, Jim is trapped. He is now working for organized crime while endangering the lives of his family and friends.
Somehow he has to protect those close to him while severing his Mafia ties. His friend suggests calling the RCMP, but the police are distracted by the kidnapping and disfigurement of a senior cabinet minister. Yet Jim has to do something. His initial work for the mob precipitated a murder, physical threats against his mother and the surveillance of his friends. But to enlist the help of the RCMP, he would have to give up his anonymity as White Cell, a decision he is loath to make.
Then, for additional leverage, the Mafia kidnaps someone very close to him. Can he save his friend, escape from his predicament, and learn the secret from his past that will explain why he is so incredibly strange?