He wanted to die the way he had lived—exotically, in the gray area of legend on the border of fact and fiction. So he seeded the ground with stories, each based in some truth, about the strange wasting disease he had and how he had contracted it. The disease was carried in bat feces, and he had picked it up while exploring a cave. He had gotten it from eating a slice of raw Cantonese whale, or from feasting on a thousand-year-old "black egg." It had been found only in 10 Chinese peasants, a few Thai, a killer... More >>>