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 simple terms believable yet inevitable.
A century from now, due to a expertise permitting prompt 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 robust North family—composed of successive generations of clones. but those clones will not be exact. For something, genetic blunders have crept in with each one new release. for one more, the unique 3 clone “brothers” have long past their separate methods, and the branches of the kinfolk at the moment are pleasant opponents greater than allies.
or even no longer 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 a pretty good investigator who’d like not anything larger than handy off this scorching potato of a case. the way in which he figures it, even if he solves the crime or no longer, he’ll make sufficient enemies to damage 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 family have been slaughtered in chilly blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has constantly claimed her innocence. And now it kind of feels she could have been correct. simply because merely the St. Libra killer can have devoted the Newcastle crime.
challenge is, Angela additionally claims that the assassin was once 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 . . . the entire whereas removing a brutal killer poised to strike back. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly published from criminal, 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 captivating page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred evaluate)
“A gripping saga that blends desolate tract survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf right into a titanic story that includes plausible characters and highly expert storytelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“A excellent creation to [Hamilton’s] presents for personality layout, discussion, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Compelling and unique . . . an amazing novel [with] lots of action.”—SFRevu
“One very compelling and wonderful technological know-how fiction novel.”—SF Site
“Simply incredible . . . an wonderful achievement.”—Tor.com
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She screamed. “Monster. Monster. Monster. Monster. Monster. ” And the screams grew to become sobbing. “It killed them. Killed them all. ” She despised the reminiscence now. It used to be the reminiscence that used to be the reason for the deaths she’d witnessed. The reminiscence that had trapped her, that managed her lifestyles. The reminiscence that had imprisoned her in the following together with her torturers. She desired to rip the vile factor from her head. The computing device started to strength down, its noise fading out. The gurney trundled over the ground back, and the blackout cups have been lifted from her eyes. Elston, Sung, and the technician have been staring down at her. They didn’t glance chuffed, yet then while have captors ever been happy by way of their sufferers? Her head was once free of the crown, straps faraway from her limbs. She used to be too tired to maneuver. Her complete physique used to be shaking regardless of the weak point, the sore eyes, the poor headache, the nausea. She was once used to such ailment now, it was once how she lived. “What is that factor? ” she growled, glancing on the gigantic computer. “A brain reader,” Sung responded easily as he helped her sit up straight at the gurney. “It scanned how your mind translates photographs. Then as soon as it had cataloged these styles, we received you to recollect. ” He pointed on the monitors at the wall. Angela squinted. Her eyes nonetheless ached, and he or she couldn’t concentration thoroughly. A poor-quality video clip was once taking part in on a loop. The atmosphere was once prevalent, one of those stripped-down model of the seventh-floor living room in Bartram North’s mansion; the furnishings used to be within the correct areas within the vast significant hall, however it lacked the pricy elaboration of the originals. work at the partitions have been decreased to atypical smears of colour. The doorways to Bartram’s bed room have been open, framing a depressing form that looked to be lunging out of the display. The monster used to be sq. within the middle. Humanoid, with darkish, difficult dermis mimicking a human’s contours, arms starting. The blades increasing as they straightened out, turning out to be to fill the whole monitor. Angela gasped. It was once her reminiscence. They’d taken her reminiscence from her, pulled it correct out of her cranium with their diabolical desktop and filthy medicinal drugs. “Oh my God. ” “Looks such as you advised us the truth,” Elston stated. “As you suspect it,” Sung further fast. “It’s real,” she hissed. “Maybe. That’s for the overview committee to make a decision. ” “You observed it. ” “I observed what you think occurred. What your brain translates as fact. There’s no different facts, no empirical evidence. ” “Then why did you do that to me? ” she yelled. the trouble despatched her swaying again, gripping the sting of the gurney for help. “We want to know. ” “Rot in hell you fuckhead. ” “This from a mendacity whore. ” “I am no longer mendacity. ” Sung grinned. “But you're a whore. ” “I’ll locate you. So support me, i'll. ” “Yeah correct. Elston, take her again; we’re via right here now. ” Elston and the technician helped her stand. She begun the painful stroll again to her cellphone. once they obtained there Elston left the technician to decrease her onto the small uncomfortable mattress. She appeared up at him, eyes vast and entreating. All choked with tears and fright in her appealing younger face.