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The Ultra Thin Man: A Science Fiction Novel Hardcover – August 12, 2014

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"This splendidly lively SF debut alternates between the narrations of Alan Brindos and Dave Crowell, two irreverent gumshoes who work for the Network Intelligence Organization of the eight-world Union in the year 2113...Swenson provides Shakespearan riffs on identity as Brindos is transformed...Pig Latin, an exotic drug, a comic strip, and a retractable penis add colorful detail to a showdown that puts love and sacrifice at the heart of the self."  -Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"The thriller pacing carries the story along until the structure of the conspiracy becomes clear. By the epic finale, the universe is fleshed out enough to make the ultimate question--Who is behind this chain of events?--one worth answering. All in all, an entertaining piece of storytelling."  - Booklist

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"Patrick Swenson keeps the pages turning in this slick, clever noir novel. Wonderful world-building, a terrific read, and an auspicious debut: truly the stuff that dreams are made of."  - Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues

"Races like a bullet train from one adrenalin-arousing development to the next. It has everything--aliens, murders, interstellar conflicts, conspiracies--and none of them are what they first seem." - Nancy, Kress, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Probability Series.

"Patrick Swenson charts a twisty journey through a futuristic landscape of aliens, detectives, murder, political intrigue, grand space opera, and unforgettable characters. It's great fun. Turn the first page and you'll forget where you are."  - Jack Skillingstead, author of Life on the Preservation

"Hurtles us into an interplanetary mystery like a latter-day Dashiell Hammett channeling Philip K. Dick at his most inventively paranoid and savvy. Much of the action will raise the hair on your nape...as its cleverly twinned narrative rushes from scene to scene with thrilling pizzazz."  -Michael Bishop, author of Ancient of Days and Brittle Innings

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  • Publisher : Tor Books; First edition (August 12, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0765336944
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0765336941
  • Item Weight : 1.18 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.44 x 1.17 x 9.5 inches
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