The Search for the Dice Man

By Luke Rhinehart

The cube Man's son needs to roll the cube himself as his neat and orderly global starts off to crumble.

Larry Rhinehart is the son of the renegade psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart, who brought the area to dice-living and cube remedy, the place judgements are made no longer by means of the self yet through the roll of a die. because his father abandoned him while he used to be nonetheless a toddler, Larry has bitterly rejected every thing his father stood for. He has embraced order and regulate. Now a prosperous Wall highway analyst, he's approximately to marry the boss's daughter, and turn into lots wealthier.
Then native land protection indicates up in Larry’s place of work looking for his father, who's suspected of being in the back of acts of cyber struggle opposed to govt, banking and Wall highway pursuits. Larry's conscientiously prepared global starts to collapse. pressured to aim locate his father sooner than the govt. can, his seek is made within the corporation of Kim, a pretty admirer of Luke’s. His quest takes him to Lukedom, a cube Commune the place every person adjustments roles each day—to Larry’s personal dicing, which ends up in love, a damaged engagement, rigging the inventory market—and overall chaos.
Larry’s seek is through turns humorous, relocating, and erotic. by the point he eventually confronts his father he has been profoundly and hilariously replaced and his formerly profitable, conservative lifestyles has been grew to become on its head.

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They have been imprecise and ambiguous. yet i will guarantee you the whole lot has not anything to do with me or my paintings right here at BB&P. ’ Mr conflict endured to stare upon me as though thinking about why i used to be telling these kinds of lies. ‘And who's this guy the FBI is so all in favour of that they search out those who haven’t obvious him in fifteen years? ’ Oh, Jesus. right here it comes. every little thing I’d been attempting to disguise. ‘Uh, a relative, sir. a guy who disappeared a protracted ti – fifteen years in the past. ’ ‘A relative! ’ acknowledged Mr conflict. ‘That will be distressing. now not an in depth relative, i'm hoping. ’ Oh, Jesus. ‘I … uh … used to be by no means as regards to him. ’ ‘Who is it, an uncle? ’ I stared again at Mr conflict numbly. ‘My father,’ I acknowledged. Mr conflict appeared now not shocked yet stressed. ‘But your father is lifeless. ’ ‘Uh, no longer unavoidably. ’ ‘Not unavoidably! I tremendously take into account whilst reviewing your group of workers dossier a number of months in the past that either your mom and dad have been deceased! ’ ‘Uh, certain, sir. My mom used to be killed in an car coincidence and my father hasn’t been noticeable or heard from in – greater than a decade. I, uh, assumed that he used to be lifeless. ’ ‘And now you find he's a serial killer!? ’ ‘No, no, I’m yes he’s now not – the FBI didn’t say why they desired to touch him. ’ ‘Contact him! ’ Mr conflict exclaimed, now sitting ramrod-straight in his chair and obvious at me. ‘Arrest him, you suggest! My God, guy, you want to have a few suggestion why they’re searching for him!? ’ ‘I relatively don’t! ’ I replied, feeling myself squirming. ‘Years in the past – virtually two decades in the past – he bought in a few difficulty with the FCC for disrupting a tv programme and the unauthorized unlock of psychological sufferers, and, uh, a couple of different issues. however the FBI indicated they wanted to work out him now approximately whatever else. ’ Mr conflict, nonetheless eyeing me, rose from his chair and moved slowly ahead with the tender tread of a predator approximately to pounce on its prey prior to the hypnotic spell used to be damaged. ‘This is a significant enterprise, my boy,’ he acknowledged. ‘Yes – I suggest no. I’m convinced my father hasn’t performed whatever severe. i feel they simply desired to check with him approximately whatever. ’ ‘Nonsense,’ stated Mr conflict, coming to a halt 3 toes away and observing at me back with that sceptical-physician stare that implied he used to be nonetheless looking the precise nature of my deadly sickness. ‘The FBI doesn’t ship males to question a son who hasn’t visible his father in fifteen years simply because they simply are looking to seek advice from the fellow. ’ Mr conflict stared on one other second after which grew to become away with a sigh. ‘This won’t do, Larry, won’t do,’ he stated as he slowly back round the pingpong desk to his seat at the back of it. ‘I can’t have my daughter marrying the son of somebody at the FBI’s “most sought after” record. ’ With one other sigh he sat down and swung round to stand me. ‘I wish her to marry the son of a guy who's respectably deceased. i feel you could inform people who this FBI stopover at used to be to invite you a couple of former worker. Do you realize? ’ ‘I imagine I do. ’ ‘It’s secure to assert it’s on your curiosity to work out that your father remains boringly buried. ’ ‘I agree, yet consider –’ ‘Your body of workers dossier states that your father is not any longer alive,’ Mr conflict acknowledged, commencing to shuffle a few papers on his table.

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