Chasing Hindy: A Novel Invention

Chasing Hindy: A Novel Invention

by Darin Gibby


Publisher Koehler Books

Published in Mystery & Thrillers

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Book Description

Addy’s dream as a patent attorney is to help bring a ground breaking energy technology to the world. Addy’s hopes soar when she is wooed to join a company that has purportedly invented a car that can run on water using an innovative catalyst. When she is arrested for stealing US technology from the patent office she must find a way to clear her name while salvaging her dream of propelling this technology to the world.

Sample Chapter

ADDY FELT LIKE jumping out of her car and doing a quick

happy dance in the middle of stalled traffic. Her excitement

at becoming the newest—and youngest—partner at the

intellectual property law firm of Wyckoff & Schechter was nearly


She grinned at the shadow on the hood of Hindy, her

treasured retrofitted cherry red Shelby Mustang. The shadow

was created by a barrel-sized, hydrogen-filled balloon that

floated above the Mustang’s roof. Gawkers pointed and laughed

as the Shelby eased down El Camino pulling the tethered balloon

as if in a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The balloon—which

on one side sported her law firm’s logo, and on the other Hindy

in giant cursive script—was just an advertising gimmick to show

her passion for alternative energies. It was only strapped to the

roof on calm, sunny days when she was travelling at slow speeds

using routes that avoided overpasses. The retrofitted Mustang

was really powered by four electric motors using electricity

produced by solar panels and a conventional fuel cell.

At first, the Wyckoff partners questioned Addy’s prudence in

strapping a floating balloon to the roof of any vehicle, but they’d


come to admire the effectiveness of her marketing innovations.

They even lifted their champagne glasses at the end of her

mentor’s welcome speech acknowledging that her Shelby was

responsible for bringing in increasing numbers of the “green”

companies sprouting like weeds all over the Silicon Valley—

inventive, entrepreneurial companies in need of legal advice and

support for their patents.

While the traffic inched forward, Addy chuckled with

excitement. “Hindy, ol’ pal,” she said, patting the dashboard,

“you and I are going places now! Next time some overzealous

cops accuse you of being a traffic hazard, I’ll stare them down

and inform them they’re messing with the partner of a highly

prestigious law firm.”

Traffic momentarily loosened and Addy eased Hindy

forward, careful not to snap the lines tethering the egg-shaped

balloon. Addy sang along with Zissy Spaeth, pop rock’s newest

and most flashy star, as Zissy belted out her latest hit, Light in

Your Eyes, over the radio. In the corner of her eye she noticed a

blaze of neon orange.

Her heart stopped. In the car next to her someone was

pointing a bazooka-sized gizmo at her balloon. She blinked,

trying to clear her vision.

A flare shot out, aimed straight at her floating ball of


Even in the late afternoon sunlight, it was impossible to

miss the explosion. The dirigible burst into a giant fireball, then

slowly deflated and floated down toward the Shelby’s crimson


Addy stomped on her brakes, hoping the balloon’s

momentum would shoot the flaming mass forward. The fireball,

safely secured by its fluorescent yellow nylon tethers, crashed

down onto the windshield, blocking Addy’s view. She screeched

to a halt, slammed her shoulder into the door, flung it open,

and darted out, catching the heel of her pump on the doorjamb,

which sent her sprawling headlong onto the pavement.

She heard tires squeal and at least a half dozen blaring

horns. Stinging pain shot up from her elbow and knees. Thank

goodness traffic had been just inching along.

Ignoring the pain, she bolted forward, arms raised, ready


to yank the still-burning fabric off the windshield. Before she

got close enough to grab it, the sweltering heat from the flames

scorched her cheeks, and she shielded her eyes with her forearm.

Just when she reached the hood, a breeze lifted the infernal

blob and propelled it directly at her, the nylon cords now seared


She braced herself for the fireball when she felt arms wrap

around her chest and yank her back, barely in time to avoid

the searing molten mass of goo about to descend on her head,

threatening to fry her face and melt her hair.

“Are you crazy? What are you thinking?” a deep voice

bellowed in her ear, still holding her tight.

Together they watched what was left of the blimp float like

a falling leaf onto the grassy shoulder, just like the Hindenburg

did almost eighty years ago.

“Someone clearly doesn’t like you, short stuff,” her rescuer

said, now standing next to her stroking his goatee, his face

hidden behind dark sunglasses and a low-riding Dodgers cap.

“More like out to get you. That was some kind of flare the driver

shot at your blimp. I tried to spot his license plate, but it was

covered up. Snapped a picture with my phone, though,” the man

said fishing it from his pocket. “You can kind of see a tattoo on

his forearm. The police will love this.”

Before she could thank him, someone cried out, “Call a fire

truck! The grass!”

Brush fires in California were no joking matter. Addy could

smell the smoldering grasses. A strong breeze fanned the flames,

pushing the fire toward a row of redwood trees.

Then she heard a whiny voice coming from the milling

crowd of stranded passengers who’d gathered to find out what

was holding up their homeward commute. “I’ve seen that blimp

before. I knew it was trouble,” the whiner complained.

“Yeah, but at least she’s part of the solution,” said someone

else. “Her car doesn’t use gasoline. Look at what you’re driving,”

he said, sneering at the whiny woman’s crossover SUV.

Addy’s knees buckled, her head spinning. She plopped down

onto the pavement and hugged her bare legs. This couldn’t be


Why would someone try to destroy her car? Hindy, her


beloved Mustang, was just a marketing ploy, no worse than

a billboard. Hindy’s fuel cell and solar panels were just two

modern technologies that Addy hoped someday would become

mainstream to the automotive industry. And her purpose was

noble. Her “green” car told the world of inventors that she was

one of them, that she would secure their patents and protect

their investments. Now her expensive marketing project was in


Soon, swarms of firefighters were scrambling around dousing

the flames, while police officers attempted to reroute traffic. A

well-built bald man flipped out a paper pad and scribbled a few

notes. After removing his sunglasses, he swapped the pad for

a pocket camera and snapped random shots of the avid crowd.

All four local networks had sent news crews, and Addy knew

two of the reporters. They had already run stories about Hindy,

praising Addy’s creative marketing, which one reporter said

was a refreshing change from the barrage of personal injury

commercials littering daytime television.

As Addy told the reporter during her interview, Silicon

Valley was going to be known, not just for starting the computer

revolution and launching the social networking scene, but now

for making the world green. And Addy was their lawyer.

Reality burst her daydream bubble when she was whisked

aside by a team of Sunnyvale police officers. She told them what

had transpired, hoping it would help them find the sniper. And

she pointed out her rescuer, who was showing another pair of

police officers the photo on his phone.

At the end of the interview, one of the officers handed her

a ticket. “You were carrying a flammable substance without a

permit. You’ll need to make a court appearance.”

Addy gasped. “But they shot at me.”

“And we’re not taking it lightly. There’s been a serious crime

committed here, but that doesn’t mean you can break the law.

If you hadn’t been toting that blimp, none of this would have


Addy’s eyes narrowed. “Am I’m free to go?” she said,

snatching the paperwork and turning toward Hindy.

“Yes,” the officer said, “but we’re going to need to impound

your vehicle.”


Addy halted. “Hindy? You can’t.”

The other officer beckoned with both hands, big gestures, as

if directing an airplane to the gate. A tow truck wedged its way

through the onlookers and began backing up in front of Hindy.

“But Hindy works perfectly fine,” Addy protested. “The

balloon, that was all for show. The hydrogen for the fuel cell is

where the gas tank used to be.”

The officer shook her head. “We need your car for evidence.

As I said, a serious crime has just been committed, and we need

to take the vehicle to the station for a thorough evaluation.”

“But I need to get home, and get to work tomorrow.”

“There’s always Uber,” said the officer with a shrug.

Excerpted from "Chasing Hindy: A Novel Invention" by Darin Gibby. Copyright © 2017 by Darin Gibby. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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