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 in basic terms believable yet inevitable.
A century from now, due to a expertise permitting on the spot commute 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 are usually not exact. For something, genetic blunders have crept in with each one new release. for an additional, the unique 3 clone “brothers” have long gone their separate methods, and the branches of the kin at the moment are 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 pretty good investigator who’d like not anything greater than at hand off this scorching 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 damage 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 on this planet St. Libra, the place a North clone and his whole family have been slaughtered in chilly blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has regularly claimed her innocence. And now it sort of feels she can have been correct. simply because simply the St. Libra killer can 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 fiscal elite . . . all of the whereas weeding out a brutal killer poised to strike back. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly published from legal, joins a undertaking 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 captivating page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred assessment)
“A gripping saga that blends desolate tract survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf right into a gigantic story that includes plausible characters and really 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 wonderful technology fiction novel.”—SF Site
“Simply superb . . . an staggering achievement.”—Tor.com
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