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A Quantum Murder (Greg Mandel) Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Greg Mandel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1st edition (June 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812555244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812555240
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

This second volume in British author Hamilton's cyberthriller trilogy (Mindstar Rising, LJ 6/15/96) depicts a tropical England after global warming. Greg Mandel has a bioware endocrine-gland implant that triggers his empathic intuition, handy when solving crimes. Here he must investigate the brutal death of professor Edward Kitchener, who had been researching quantum cosmology for the Event Horizon conglomerate. In this tightly wrought tale of murder, Hamilton integrates hard sf and mystery while tackling ecological and political issues. Highly recommended for most sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A second workout for Greg Mandel, veteran of the Mindstar Battalion (Mindstar Rising, 1996), whose implanted gland gives him the psi powers of empathy and intuition in a medium-future England beset by climatic warming and politico-economic chaos. This time, irreverent, bawdy old genius physicist Edward Kitchener has been murdered and horribly mutilated at Launde Abbey, where he ran a colloquium for budding physics whizzes, invented new drugs, researched wormholes, and generally raised hell. Julia Evans of Event Horizon, which funded Kitchener, requests Greg's input after the police confess themselves baffled: None of the six young resident physicists appear to be guilty, nor is it possible for an outsider to have come and gone undetected. Greg empathically interviews the six, and, sure enough, they're all innocent. So Greg's wife, Eleanor, volunteers to test a Kitchener drug that should enable her to view the past. She witnesses diffident genius Nicholas Beswick do the grisly deed, but Beswick denies involvement, as Greg's inquiries seem to confirm. What's going on? Well, psychiatrist James MacLennan has discovered how to project one personality on top of another--and one of his patients is convicted psychokiller Liam Bursken. The intriguing backdrop and solid characters enliven what is otherwise an overlong, overstuffed, and not particularly believable investigation. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. His previous novels are the Greg Mandel series and the bestselling 'Night's Dawn' trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction , The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God. Also published by Macmillan (and Pan) is A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the 'Night's Dawn' trilogy. His most recent novels were Fallen Dragon, Misspent Youth, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David A. Lessnau on December 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The three books in Peter F. Hamilton's Greg Mandel series were written before his "Night's Dawn" series. I'm not certain of this, but they seem to occur in the same universe as that series, just at a MUCH earlier time. Regardless, this series is excellent. What's especially nice, is that, for the most part, each of these books stands alone. You still need to read them in order, but none of them ends in a cliff-hanger requiring your reading of the next. Unfortunately, each of these books has a few fairly explicit sexual situations described in them. The amount of sex increases as you move from book to book. If it weren't for that, I'd recommend these books for everyone.

"Mindstar Rising" is the first book in the series. It's a very good, fast-paced sci-fi action thriller. The book introduces all the important characters and the "universe" used throughout the series. For the most part, the character development is good. I have a few qualms about a character or two suddenly being more capable than they are during the majority of the book, but that's mostly inconsequential. The plot, too, is very good. However, the transition between the first, introductory, situation in the book and the primary situation could have been worked better: it seems contrived. But, I might be seeing that solely because I've read the book four times now.

"A Quantum Murder" is the second book in the series. This book takes place about three years after "Mindstar Rising." Instead of being the science-fiction action thriller that the first book is, it's more of a science fiction mystery. It's a close call, but I think this book is slightly better than "Mindstar Rising." Once again, there's good character development, but this time, the plot is somewhat more tightly put together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amberblade on September 24, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, here we have the sequel to Mindstar Rising. It has many of the same characters, bringing some old favorites back for a second book.
Overall, this book is 3 stars. Some elements were better than others, obviously. The characters were good, though Eleanor still seems to have no personallity whatsoever. The plot was inplausible, at best, and hard to believe. The writing style was still very interesting, and is, in fact, the only reason that I finished this book at all.
A murder mystery set in future England, with not one but several odd twists. Not good twists really, nor believable, but not too farfetched, if you have a very, very open mind. (I think I'll leave it at that.)
One of the best things about this book though was the fact that the author obviously took some pains to follow semi-known physics, and tried not to bend the laws of the universe too far. Also, even though these things play a major part in the story, the aren't the dominating feature. So, for those of you not interested in theoretical quantum physics, or cosmology, this book won't bore you to tears.
All in all, it flowed (to me at least) better than Mindstar Rising, even if the storyline was a little thin in several places.
I also found the discription of the inside of an insane seriel killer's mind quite interesting; it really makes you wonder.
So, if you liked the first book, chances are that this one will appeal to you as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan A. Macbain on August 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Some years after the events portrayed in Mindstar Rising, Greg Mandell finds himself being called in to help Julia Evans solve the mystery of the murder of a scientist who was doing some work for her company - Things start to get 'interesting' very quickly - in the sense of the Chinese Curse, that is.
Again set in the Rutland area of England, Greg has now married the girl he met in the first book & that adds its own complications (read the book to find out more on that); with psychic abilities also playing a large part in this book, including a very nice twist to 'solving' the murder.
These books always get me thinking, the events are set in the near future, with environmental & political upheavals which are all too possible. A very good read.
If you haven't read 'Mindstar Rising'(the first book), don't worry - this book stands on its own, but you will benefit if you read 'Mindstar' first.
Better still, read the trilogy, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Venetoklis on May 16, 2000
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This, the second of three Greg Mandel novels, is quite similar in style and substance to Mindstar Rising. Hamilton brings back all the old familiar characters in a story set a year or two after the events of Mindstar Rising. He offers up an interesting detective story mixed in with occasional (well written) action sequences. He continues to flesh out his post-global-warming vision of England and the world, providing a relatively realistic and consistent background for the events of this story to unfold. His prose style has improved nominally, but still has a way to go before it reaches the excellence of The Neutronium Alchemist.
The one failing of this book lies in the extreme lack of explanation, support, theorizing or whatever that surrounds the psi 'powers' of the Mindstar veterans. It's a bit hard to swallow the notion that nobody has bothered to work on figuring out the mechanism by which the psi faculty works. Even accepting the notion that they can't figure out why Greg has an intuitive sense, it seems that the people of this future world too readily accept the results of this ability. A bit more healthy skepticism, even in the face of clear demonstrations of the power, might serve the story well.
Nonetheless, though it is not a cornerstone of hard sf, the book is a fairly good read, a diverting page-turner.
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