Wellington applied the Page 69 Test to his latest novel, Chimera, and reported the following:
The whole of page 69 takes place in the back of a taxicab. It’s mostly dialogue.Learn more about the book and author at David Wellington's website.
It is, in fact, one of very few quiet moments in the entire book. The book takes place over roughly seventy-two hours where every minute counts. Where lives hang in the balance.
Our hero, Jim Chapel—a military intelligence operative—has just found the dead body of an old woman, a doctor, who was beaten to death in her apartment in Brooklyn. Scrawled on the wall next to the corpse was one word: CHIMERA. He’s trying to figure out what that clue means. He’s talking to the dead woman’s daughter, a sexy redheaded veterinarian who thinks he’s just some jerk cop.
Simultaneously he’s on the phone talking to his operator, Angel, a mysterious woman who has access to way more data than she should. Neither woman can tell him what the clue means, but they’re both going to change his life in more ways than he can know. Angel will save his life, more than once—because the Chimeras have a kill list and they won’t let anyone stop them from crossing off the names, one by one. Without Angel’s help, Jim wouldn’t stand a chance.
As for Julia, the veterinarian—she’s going to change his life, too, in a very different way. They’re going to get to know each other very well. Because Julia is on the kill list, even though nobody knows it. Because she’s going to be the key to solving the mystery.
By the bottom of page 70, Jim Chapel is on the run again, chasing a madman who is stronger, faster, and much more lethal than any enemy he’s faced before. But on page 69, all that is just beginning…