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As a long-time reader and fan of Scalzi's work, I am impressed yet again with his leaps of imagination, grasp of scene description (which takes you there, but never makes you get bored with someone who is counting the windows), and as always, his very cool and remarkable application of logical creativity to the point where the twist is suddenly applied in a forehead-slappingly obvious, but non-insulting, way. Quinto's voice is indeed a perfect path to sharing the gritty agnostic optimism of Tony and all of the supporting characters.
Sequel, more stories, anything .. please? :-)
The plot is heavy on the implications of this bizarre plot premise. The result is an decent read, but this is not as good as The Collapsing Empire or even the Old Man's War books.
The premise has some interesting twists but I couldn't get past the idea one needed a dispatcher. And, is it murder if it's sanctioned? Wouldn't it be more of an execution? Better yet, is it murder if the victim consents to it ahead of time? Again, interesting but conveniently defined.
I was surprised at one other thing . . . the heavy exposition when the protagonist is educating the cop on "how things are." I could see it if it were a civilian, but I would expect that by that point a cop would know as much as the dispatcher and probably more about all the ways this could work.
I'm thinking this is either a book cut short or the introduction to a more involved story or series that was eventually canned. The longer one dwells in this world, the more "designed" the whole process would become just to overcome all the incongruities of the initial premise.
Still, an enjoyable read for a $1. Not sure I would pay more than that for it (I didn't, so maybe I am sure).
The main plot revolves around the disappearance of a dispatcher and the subsequent police investigation with the assist of a fellow dispatcher. What unfolds is a detective tale with interesting vignettes on crime and various thrill seekers as well as the attitudes of the medical profession (dispatchers attend all operating rooms in case an operation goes south). The detective work is compelling and the eventual resolution of the missing person is a unique plot twist with a serious commentary on views about death.
Marvelous setup for a book. Our world with one difference. When someone is murdered they almost always come back to life. (Not a zombie book)
The characters are, as always, fully sketched out. Emotions are relayed beautifully through thoughts, movements, and speech. Actions are all based on specific motivations. Although the settings are rarely described, you can still visualize them perfectly.
Overall, a great short novel for if you have just a few hours to kill.