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 clinical and social extrapolation to create a destiny that turns out now not simply believable yet inevitable.
A century from now, due to a know-how permitting immediate go back and forth 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 will not be exact. For something, genetic mistakes 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 kinfolk are actually pleasant competitors greater than allies.
or even no longer 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 fantastic investigator who’d like not anything larger than at hand off this scorching potato of a case. the way in which he figures it, no matter if he solves the crime or now not, he’ll make sufficient enemies to wreck 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 on this planet St. Libra, the place a North clone and his complete family have been slaughtered in chilly blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has regularly claimed her innocence. And now it kind of feels she could have been correct. simply because simply the St. Libra killer can 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 fiscal 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 project to seek down the elusive alien, simply to profit that the road among hunter and hunted is a skinny one.
Praise for Great North Road
“A enchanting page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred assessment)
“A gripping saga that blends wasteland survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf right into a significant story that includes plausible characters and really 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 wonderful technological know-how fiction novel.”—SF Site
“Simply extraordinary . . . an stunning achievement.”—Tor.com
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You have to be asleep,” Sid scolded. “I are looking to say goodbye to everyone,” she stated, and positioned her palms round Will and Zara, squeezing lovingly. “Now: See what? ” “If we get a dog. ” “Only within the new residence, Mum,” Zara acknowledged. “Oh. ” Jacinta gave Sid an glance. “Really? ” “I proposal we would installed an offer,” Sid stated. “I went over our funds final evening. we will be able to most likely have the funds for it—if we get a good rate for this one. ” “Aye, puppy, are you yes? ” Jacinta sat down demanding and reached for the pot of tea. Sid appeared round the desk. “We all loved it, didn’t we? ” “Yes! ” the youngsters yelled. Jacinta sipped a few tea, combing a hand again via her hair. “Blimey. ” “Can’t dwell the following forever,” Sid stated, gripping her unfastened hand. “Let’s opt for it. name the property agent, make a suggestion. ” “How a lot? ” “Go for fifteen percentage less than the asking fee. ” “It’s down as bargains in way over. ” “And if the seller does get provided extra, they’ll be more than pleased. until eventually then, there’s our provide for them to think about. ” “Fifteen percentage? ” She sounded doubtful. “They haven’t had a major provide but, and it’s been out there for 6 weeks. ” “Aye, yet no one buys at Christmas. ” “Do you must try out for the home or no longer? ” “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 not anyone is coming to view, no longer even on digital, till it’s been wiped clean up. And—” “Finish your tea,” Sid informed her. whilst 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 demanding replica, and 3 reminiscence chips. “Final forensic record at the burnout taxi,” she stated. “Thanks. ” Sid took her via into his facet workplace and secured it. “So what have we received? ” he requested as he loaded one of many chips into the safe Office3 community, downloading the information into their committed reminiscence. “Everything obtained burned badly within the hearth. ” “Aye, guy, that’s it? ” “You observed it. somebody trigger a fireball in that taxi, there should have been ten liters of bioil used. We’re strong, yet we can’t paintings miracles. ” “Okay, what concerning the vehicle’s community? Did you be capable of get better any of the software program fixes? ” “Ah, that’s nonetheless ongoing. The parts needed to visit a expert corporation in London. They use quantum electron research to learn the processor circuitry without delay. and so they paintings on aerospace networks, recuperating information after a aircraft crash, so this shouldn’t be a stretch for them. yet it’s unlikely to be quickly. ” “Right. thank you, Tilly. ” “There used to be whatever. now not the taxi itself. You consider the package deal of garments within the boot? ” “Aye. ” “Never package deal outfits if you'd like them to burn accurately. textile makes a superb insulator. The center of the package used to be intact. ” She reached ahead and flicked throughout the difficult reproduction. “The blouse had 5 cuts at the left breast resembling the development at the physique you hauled out of the Tyne; the encircling region was once sopping wet with blood. comparable with the swimsuit: matching minimize development, and an identical huge bloodstain.