The Manuscript

The very first draft of THE MANUSCRIPT clocked in at nearly 200,000 words. Prior to publication, about 75,000 of them had to hit the cutting room floor. Many of these deleted sections, while not being central to the narrative or essential themes of the story, were nonetheless pretty engaging stuff. A number of readers have suggested that a "Director's Cut DVD" might be in order, whereby hardcore fans can get a look at some of this material – and also get to spend more time with the characters, after having finished the book. A number of deleted scenes are included below – and others may make their way up here over time. ( All PDFs, none bigger than 35KB.)

Early in the book, Miles relates (to his cute nineteen-year-old admirer) the first lesson one learns from the computer industry: that, Whatever It Is, You Can Learn How To Do It. In this deleted scene, we learn the second lesson: that Problems Get Solved (and its first corollary: that Problems Have Causes).
This is an extension of the scene in which federal agent Stanley Luther makes his way into the office to pick up his assignment. In this version, he must grapple with the baroque password rules of the NSA before getting access to the system. Unsurprisingly, his temper gets the best of him.
THE .380
In this moody little interstitial montage, we learn that The Cleaner isn't the only one who takes firearms into the bathroom with him. Is fate slowly drawing all these people into its malign web?
This is a very different treatment of the shootout in the fraternity house bedroom. In this version, Dana only comes along on a lark – the drug courier is actually supposed to be delivering The Manuscript to the Professor the next morning. And when the shootout erupts, the undercover cop is shot by someone entirely different – adding a significant additional note of desperation to Dana and Miles' flight from town.
After the Cleaner escapes from The Can, the two police detectives sit alone in the tiny gore-spattered bathroom. The published version relates some of the details of his dramatic and bloody escape, as well as the NYPD's stunned reaction to it. But in this extended version, Detective Eyebrows goes off on an unbidden deadpan rant about the unsavoury nature of bathrooms in general: "I swear, it's a goddamn Shop of Bodily Horrors in there."
In early drafts, FreeBSD was introduced riding his motorcycle and listening to certain songs from the Golden Renaisance of Modern Rock. This version goes into some detail about this music, and why it was the best thing since sliced anything. It memorialized a special musical time for me; but of course it wasn't particularly important to the story, and it also dates the thing and doesn't age well, so out it went. Here it is back.