By Peter F. Hamilton
NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr through PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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 only believable yet inevitable.
A century from now, due to a expertise permitting instant trip throughout light-years, humanity has solved its power 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 usually are not exact. For something, genetic mistakes have crept in with every one iteration. for one more, the unique 3 clone “brothers” have long past their separate methods, and the branches of the relations are actually pleasant opponents greater than allies.
or perhaps now not so pleasant. at the very least that’s what the homicide of a North clone within the English urban of Newcastle indicates to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a great investigator who’d like not anything greater than at hand off this sizzling potato of a case. the way in which he figures it, even if he solves the crime or now not, he’ll make adequate enemies to wreck his career.
but Sid’s case is ready to take an unforeseen flip: as the conditions of the homicide undergo an uncanny resemblance to a killing that happened years in the past in the world St. Libra, the place a North clone and his whole loved ones have been slaughtered in chilly blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has continually claimed her innocence. And now it sort of feels she can have been correct. simply because simply the St. Libra killer may have devoted 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 monetary elite . . . the entire whereas weeding out a brutal killer poised to strike back. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly published from legal, joins a challenge to seek down the elusive alien, in simple terms to benefit that the road among hunter and hunted is a skinny one.
Praise for Great North Road
“A enthralling page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred evaluation)
“A gripping saga that blends wasteland survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf right into a sizeable story that includes plausible characters and awfully expert storytelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“A ideal creation 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 interesting technology fiction novel.”—SF Site
“Simply extraordinary . . . an striking achievement.”—Tor.com
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Let’s opt for it. name the property agent, make a proposal. ” “How a lot? ” “Go for fifteen percentage less than the asking cost. ” “It’s down as deals in far more than. ” “And if the seller does get provided extra, they’ll be more than happy. till then, there’s our provide for them to contemplate. ” “Fifteen percentage? ” She sounded doubtful. “They haven’t had a major supply but, and it’s been out there for 6 weeks. ” “Aye, yet no one buys at Christmas. ” “Do you must attempt for the home or now not? ” “Okay. ” She squeezed his hand again. “I’ll name the agent later this morning. Hell, we’ll need to get this condominium valued. And I’m telling you currently no one is coming to view, now not even on digital, till it’s been wiped clean up. And—” “Finish your tea,” Sid informed her. while Sid walked into Office3 at 8 thirty, Tilly Lewis used to be there watching for him. once the door seal became blue she passed over a thick folder of not easy replica, and 3 reminiscence chips. “Final forensic document at the burnout taxi,” she acknowledged. “Thanks. ” Sid took her via into his aspect place of work and secured it. “So what have we obtained? ” he requested as he loaded one of many chips into the safe Office3 community, downloading the knowledge into their devoted reminiscence. “Everything received burned badly within the fireplace. ” “Aye, guy, that’s it? ” “You observed it. an individual trigger a fireball in that taxi, there should have been ten liters of bioil used. We’re reliable, yet we can’t paintings miracles. ” “Okay, what concerning the vehicle’s community? Did you be capable to recuperate any of the software program fixes? ” “Ah, that’s nonetheless ongoing. The parts needed to visit a consultant corporation in London. They use quantum electron research to learn the processor circuitry without delay. and they paintings on aerospace networks, convalescing information after a airplane crash, so this shouldn’t be a stretch for them. yet it’s not likely to be speedy. ” “Right. thank you, Tilly. ” “There was once anything. no longer the taxi itself. You be mindful the package deal of garments within the boot? ” “Aye. ” “Never package outfits if you'd like them to burn safely. textile makes a very good insulator. The center of the package deal used to be intact. ” She reached ahead and flicked throughout the tough reproduction. “The blouse had 5 cuts at the left breast such as the trend at the physique you hauled out of the Tyne; the encompassing sector was once sopping wet with blood. related with the go well with: matching lower development, and an similar huge bloodstain. ” “Definitely my victim’s then? ” “Yes, the blood DNA confirms he used to be a 2North. those are the garments he used to be donning whilst he used to be killed, and this can be the taxi used to ferry the physique approximately. Ah, right here we are—” She slipped a sheet around the table. Sid checked out the picture of a couple of socks, laid out on a glittery white exam desk, with a ruler on one part for scale. They have been darkish grey, and they’d been singed in patches. He glanced again at Tilly. “Yeah? ” “The swimsuit got here from Hatchar, dear yet, unfortunately for us, off-the-peg. That company’s GE-wide together with associate planets, with outlets in Newcastle and an extra 3 franchises in neighborhood shops.