By Peter F. Hamilton
NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr via 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 clinical 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 strength shortages, wiped clean up the surroundings, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the strong North family—composed of successive generations of clones. but those clones usually are not exact. For something, genetic error have crept in with every one new release. for one more, the unique 3 clone “brothers” have long past their separate methods, and the branches of the relations are actually pleasant competitors greater than allies.
or even now not so pleasant. at the least that’s what the homicide of a North clone within the English urban of Newcastle indicates to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is an exceptional investigator who’d like not anything greater than handy 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 destroy his career.
but Sid’s case is ready to take an unforeseen flip: as the conditions of the homicide endure an uncanny resemblance to a killing that came about 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 constantly claimed her innocence. And now it sort of feels she can have been correct. simply because in basic terms 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 financial elite . . . all of the whereas removing 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, purely to benefit that the road among hunter and hunted is a skinny one.
Praise for Great North Road
“A enchanting page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred overview)
“A gripping saga that blends desert survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf right into a titanic 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 technological know-how fiction novel.”—SF Site
“Simply wonderful . . . an impressive achievement.”—Tor.com
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Allow me have their files,” he acknowledged as they eventually became onto Alders-gate highway, the ground of the A1—which used to be the fashionable designation of the unique nice North highway, equipped through the Romans thousand years in the past to march garrisons to the very fringe of the empire kilometers to the north. Their responsibility was once to augment Hadrian’s Wall, maintaining the outer darkness at bay and the empire secure. this day was once prone to take him on that very same trip, with a not-too-dissimilar responsibility. one other black govt vehicles fell in at the back of them. “They are strong people,” Vermekia acknowledged. “We’ve spent the final hours checking out the protocols. each person coming with us has the authority to make judgements. ” Vance started to skim their documents as his e-i picked them up and fed them to his grid. They have been basically 3 hours into the alert, and already a company used to be coming jointly. “General Shaikh has made the choice already, hasn’t he? ” “Yeah. His employees is constructing traces of command with Grande Europe’s alien affairs workplace and the Pentagon. until this homicide seems to be very mundane within the subsequent twenty-four hours, I’d recommend packing a few tropical shuttle outfits. ” Vance permit himself sink again farther into the auto seat. “Okay, so provide me her dossier. what sort of prisoner has she been? ” “For a lifer, quite good behaved. ” Vance watched as his e-i flipped a variety of legal files into his grid, the place micro laserlight fired them without delay into his mind. The lifestyles Angela Tramelo had lived for the final two decades summarized in reliable reviews and experiences. Her fights with different inmates—inevitable, given the time spent incarcerated—punished by means of solitary confinement, which felony psychologists acknowledged by no means looked as if it would trouble her up to it used to be presupposed to. No recorded tox usage—which was once attention-grabbing, yet then her selection used to be consistently fearsome. Education—she stored present on community structures and economics. paintings record—competent. future health record—excellent. “Hold,” he steered his e-i, squeezing his eyelids close. Angela’s photo steadied in entrance of him. He seemed it with gentle exasperation. Fifty bureaucrats already getting with this system they usually nonetheless couldn’t correlate documents for shit. “Can you get me a present picture, please? This one is 20 years previous. ” Vermekia’s grin had a touch of malice. “No it’s now not. ” “I met Angela 20 years in the past. belief me, this used to be taken again then. ” “That was once taken six weeks in the past. cost the legal date code, it’s genuine. ” “This can’t be correct. ” Vance closed his eyes back to treat the attractive face with its harsh, competitive stare. The hair used to be diverse now, shorter and unstyled. yet these good points: the lovable little button nostril, cheekbones sharp adequate to chop diamond, a chin that used to be completely flat, huge flared lips, and eco-friendly eyes with quite a bit anger—even within the very middle of her ache she hung on to that anger—it used to be an honest solution, the surface was once as transparent and lustrous as in basic terms the actually younger own. A face he may take to his grave given what he’d obvious it suffer.