A Murder of Clones: A Retrieval Artist Universe Novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

A Murder of Clones: A Retrieval Artist Universe Novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Publisher: WMG Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (380 Pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

A deadly conspiracy… The Anniversary Day bombings on the Moon sent shockwaves throughout the Earth Alliance. No one knows who created the clones responsible and turned them into ruthless killers. No one knows where or when they’ll strike next. The bombings compel Earth Alliance Frontier Marshall Judita Gomez to launch an unauthorized investigation into a case from her past involving the murder of clones. An investigation that might cost Judita not only her career but the lives of her crew.

Earth Alliance Frontier Marshal Judita Gomez is very good at her job. She keeps order on the outer edges of the Earth Alliance, and she solves puzzling mysteries. She has learned to work with a variety of sentient species and is known for her respect for and consideration of different cultures. She is aided in her work by the assistance of her crew aboard a state of the art ship which has all the forensic equipment she could ever want. However, she has now come across a case which causes her to wonder if there is a plot to undermine or destroy the Earth Alliance. She launches her own unauthorized investigation into one of her past cases, one where she’d flagged certain information for follow-up actions, actions which were never taken.

I liked Gomez. She is really smart and capable and she obviously cares about those she works with. She is sensitive and able to pick up on the feelings of others, even those from very different cultures. There are a number of other interesting characters, including a lawyer named Torkild Zhu, who finds himself needing to do something different, some pro bono work, and quickly ends up in over his head.

This is the third novel in The Anniversary Day Saga, but it reads well as a stand alone. I have not read any of the earlier novels and I had no trouble following the action. The author has put in a note at the beginning of this book suggesting that readers who begin the series with this novel return to the first and second books before proceeding. Then the remainder of the series will be released one volume at a time until June 2015. I think that is a very exciting way to do a series, with readers eager for the next installment. Book Four: Search and Recovery has just been released and the final four volumes are available for pre-order.

Readers of both police procedurals and science fiction are sure to enjoy this exciting series.

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