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By Peter F. Hamilton
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New York Times bestselling writer Peter F. Hamilton’s riveting new mystery combines the nail-biting suspense of a serial-killer research with clear-eyed medical and social extrapolation to create a destiny that turns out no longer basically believable yet inevitable.
A century from now, due to a expertise permitting immediate go back and forth throughout light-years, humanity has solved its strength shortages, wiped clean up the surroundings, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the robust North family—composed of successive generations of clones. but those clones aren't exact. For something, genetic mistakes have crept in with each one iteration. for an additional, the unique 3 clone “brothers” have long past their separate methods, and the branches of the family members are actually pleasant opponents greater than allies.
or perhaps now not so pleasant. not less than that’s what the homicide of a North clone within the English urban of Newcastle indicates to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a high-quality investigator who’d like not anything higher than handy off this sizzling potato of a case. the best way he figures it, even if he solves the crime or now not, he’ll make sufficient enemies to smash his career.
but Sid’s case is set to take an unforeseen flip: as the situations of the homicide endure an uncanny resemblance to a killing that happened years in the past on the earth St. Libra, the place a North clone and his complete family have been slaughtered in chilly blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has constantly claimed her innocence. And now it sort of feels she could have been correct. simply because basically the St. Libra killer may have dedicated the Newcastle crime.
challenge is, Angela additionally claims that the assassin used to be an alien monster.
Now Sid needs to navigate via a Byzantine minefield of competing pursuits in the police division and the world’s political and financial elite . . . all of the whereas weeding out a brutal killer poised to strike back. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly published from felony, joins a venture to seek down the elusive alien, merely to benefit that the road among hunter and hunted is a skinny one.
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“A enthralling page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred evaluation)
“A gripping saga that blends desolate tract survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf right into a giant story that includes plausible characters and tremendously expert storytelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“A excellent advent to [Hamilton’s] presents for personality layout, discussion, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Compelling and unique . . . an grand novel [with] lots of action.”—SFRevu
“One very compelling and pleasing technology fiction novel.”—SF Site
“Simply exceptional . . . an outstanding achievement.”—Tor.com
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Did she describe it? ” “Yes, which was once the first reason for disbelief on the time. She stated it regarded humanoid, that's ridiculous, simply because evolution easily doesn’t paintings that manner. And it definitely doesn’t two times produce legs, palms, one head; comparable top as a man—again, her description. the single distinction was once its dermis, which used to be, and that i quote: leather-based grew to become to stone. ” “Man in a powered armor suit,” acknowledged Eva. “That may even clarify the human-style fingerblades. ” “Which matches everything,” Vance agreed. “Except cause. Why might someone do that? ” “But you authorised she did. ” Ian waved an aggravated hand at Angela’s looming face. “Angela Tramelo used to be judged a psychopath, and she or he was once tested by means of numerous psychiatrists who all concurred. that's the in simple terms human motivation that matches for one of these barbarity. ” “She’s the psychopath, or the fellow within the strength go well with? ” “There used to be by no means a shred of facts he existed. and the way did she continue to exist? the single one out of the total loved ones at the 7th flooring that evening. not anyone else survived an come across. ” “She ran,” Eva stated. “That’s what i'd do. I suggest, you stuck her whereas she used to be working, didn’t you? ” “Doesn’t compute,” Vance stated flatly. “She stated she fought the monster, then ran. by no means replaced that point of her tale, caught through it the complete time. An eighteen-year-old lady going mano a mano with a hydraulically powered swimsuit? person who has knives for palms? And whereas we’re on improbables: Why did she run the entire as far back as Earth? ” “Very scared? ” Ian stated, yet no longer convincingly. “She didn’t even name the neighborhood police,” Vance acknowledged. “She fought the monster? ” Sid requested; he hadn’t been advised that final evening. “Were there any accidents? As you are saying, she used to be a teenage lady again then. ” Vance gave him a pointy glance, unsatisfied at being wondered by way of anyone he suggestion used to be on his aspect. “There have been no accidents, definitely not anything that might point out a scrap like that—no cuts, no stab wounds. money the arrest file. It was once made right here in Newcastle by way of this very strength, i feel. ” Which was once concerning the worst warrantly of caliber you may get; yet Sid held his opinion on that one. “So you think that there's a monster at the free? ” Ian requested with severe skepticism. “An alien one? ” “There are a few hectic unknowns,” Vance acknowledged. “The exact homicide of a North the following in Newcastle final Friday does open up a hugely embarrassing query over Angela Tramelo’s conviction. If, and it's a giant if, she didn't practice the unique slaughter, we're again to asking: Who or what did? So, humans, we've a call of 2. both it used to be a psychopath with a grudge opposed to the Norths, who has outfitted himself an influence armor swimsuit with horror-drama hands, and has now back for the second one around. Or …” “Alien monster,” Sid stated. “Walking round Newcastle on a Friday morning,” Ian stated scathingly. “Aye, guy, do you're thinking that it stopped off for a burger first, perhaps? Kinda building up a few power, prepared for the large slaughter rematch? Crap in this. ” “You won't crap on this,” Vance acknowledged in a coldly menacing tone.