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By Joseph Finder

New York Times bestselling writer Joseph Finder's breakneck stand-alone mystery concerning the secrets and techniques households can keep—and the risk in their discovery.

When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his activity, fiancée, and house, his basically alternative is to maneuver again into--and renovate--the domestic of his depressing early life, now empty and in decay because the stroke that positioned his father in a nursing home.

As Rick starts off to drag aside the previous condo, he makes an electrifying discovery—millions of greenbacks hidden within the partitions. it really is sufficient cash to fully remodel Rick's life—and every little thing he concept he knew approximately his father. but the extra of his father's hidden prior that Rick brings to gentle, the extra harmful his current turns into. quickly, he reveals himself at the run from lethal enemies wanting to hold the earlier buried, and simply fixing the secret of his father—a guy who has been not able to speak, understand, or take care of himself for nearly 20 years—will shop Rick...if he can continue to exist lengthy sufficient to do it.

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He used to be from Spain, in line with his bio at the Mass common site, from Catalonia, yet his English, although strongly accented, was once remarkably fluent. Rick nodded. “I’m no longer watching for miracles. I’m now not looking forward to him to perk up sooner or later and begin speaking in regards to the crimson Sox beginning lineup with me. I simply need to know what’s attainable. ” “Well, your father has been classified as an international aphasic. that suggests he can neither convey himself nor understand whilst he’s spoken to. yet I take it you're thinking that analysis is wrong. ” “I imagine there’s an excellent chance, yeah. appears like he is familiar with while I consult him. He simply doesn’t have a fashion of speaking what he desires to say. ” “What makes you think that he is familiar with? ” “He occasionally blinks speedily, like he’s attempting to inform me anything. And while I requested him approximately anything recently—something scary, I think—he grabbed my wrist. ” “With his correct hand? ” “His left. ” “Ah, convinced. His correct aspect is immobilized. good, probably so. extra to the purpose, the query is, how a lot does he comprehend? and the way are you able to recognize? ” “If he may write a word, possibly. Or sort on a keyboard. ” Dr. Girona nodded. “I’m certain your father’s medical professionals and occupational therapists have attempted the entire normal equipment. the image and image conversation forums etc. however the challenge is, a few aphasics don’t comprehend speech in any respect. At such a lot, they realize frequent names. ” “Can TMS aid with that? ” “Perhaps. you understand how a stroke impacts the mind, certain? ” “Basically. ” Dr. Girona went on as though Rick hadn’t spoke back. “A stroke occurs whilst anything cuts off the move of blood on your mind. The neurons in a undeniable quarter of the mind are starved of oxygen and so they die. Now, the a part of the mind the place your father had a stroke was once the left facet, convinced? And we all know the left aspect of the mind not just controls the precise part of the physique yet it’s additionally the place the dominant language middle is—the left inferior frontal gyrus, the place speech is produced. ” “Okay. ” Rick nodded. “Now, while one part of the mind is broken in a stroke, the opposite facet takes over. as though to compensate. yet we wish to make the left facet begin to paintings back, correct? To develop again, you could say. and how we do this is to take advantage of magnetic pulses to rewire the mind itself. We run an electric present via a twine in a coil to generate a magnetic box. reckoning on what sort of magnetic box we generate, we will be able to both turn on the mind cells or inhibit them. cause them to both extra reactive or much less. Are you following me to this point? ” “I imagine so,” Rick stated. “So you need to inhibit definitely the right part to make the left aspect begin doing paintings. ” “Exactly! We position the coil over the posterior inferior frontal gyrus. To inhibit the perfect part of his mind. Which we are hoping will make the left facet, the language aspect, begin to paintings back. And steadily the mind starts off to rewire itself. ” “Will it harm him? ” Dr. Girona shook his head. “At such a lot, it will probably think like a chain of pinpricks.

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