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Starred Review. Hamilton's stand-alone near-future mystery is a mesmerizing page-turner whose pace never lags despite the book's substantial length. In 2143, Newcastle police detective Sidney Hurst realizes that a naked corpse dragged from the river was a member of the North family. Clones Augustine, Bartram, and Constantine North founded a company that invested in trans-spatial connection, a technology that opened gateways to other star systems and expanded humanity's access to energy and living space. They cloned themselves in turn, by the hundreds. The wounds on the dead North, whose exact identity is vexingly hard to pin down, match those on Bartram's body after he and his household were slaughtered in 2121—and Angela Tramelo, convicted of those murders, always claimed that an alien monster was the real culprit. The intense whodunit plot and the sustained ambiguity about Tramelo's innocence or guilt are enhanced by plausible extrapolations of 22nd-century human cultures. Agent: James MacDonald Lockhart, Antony Harwood Ltd. (Jan.)
*Starred Review* Hamilton, the increasingly popular British science-fiction writer, tends to write long, but he also writes well. Someone else might have told this story in half the space, but it probably wouldn’t have been nearly as good. The story is simple enough: in the year 2143, a man is murdered, and Sidney Hurst, the detective assigned to the case, must wade through the evidence to find the culprit. Well, wade isn’t exactly the word, because the evidence is pretty sparse. Physical traces of the murderer are virtually nonexistent, the scene of the crime is unknown (the body was dumped), and even the victim’s identity is a mystery. Hurst knows the dead man is a North, a member of an extended family of clones, but nobody seems to be able to figure out which of the many hundreds of Norths he might be. Oh, and there’s also the tantalizing possibility that the unknown killer might be the same creature that slaughtered another North and 13 other people two decades ago. And that’s just the setup of this epic-size SF mystery (which morphs, the deeper you go into the story, into something else entirely). The author’s rapidly growing legion of fans will flock to this new title, and readers unfamiliar with Hamilton’s brand of SF should be steered in its direction. It’s a perfect introduction to his gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling. --David PittSee all Editorial Reviews
Another fantastic book by this amazing author. Some basic idea similarities with the Void universe.Published 4 days ago by Gary L. Wade
This book was a fun read. I like most of Peter F. Hamilton's books, but most are not stand alone books. It is very nice to have a book that is not part of a series.Published 23 days ago by M. Wiggins
Another amazing story by Hamilton. Plot twists, unexpected character revelations, and exquisitely timed flashbacks make this a most interesting story.Published 24 days ago by Cris T. Paltenghe
great story...... working the who done it/what will happen next to the end.....Published 1 month ago by C. Ingram
Another winner for Peter Hamilton. How he makes everything fit together in the end every time is amazing.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. An engrossing original adventure that literally kept me guessing up until the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachelle King
Mr Hamilton has laid a wondrous base for another galaxy spanning epic. I'm already anticipating the next volume...Published 2 months ago by B. Lynn Stubblefield