Red Planet Blues
by Robert J. Sawyer
Cover Artist: Tony Mauro
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace ISBN/ITEM#: 9780670065776
Date: 02 April 2013
Links: Author's Website / Road to Utopia (2:18 ...in a dirty glass) / Show Article /
Book Description: From the Nebula and Hugo Award-winner comes a noir mystery on a colonized Mars, where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper.
My name is Alex Lomax. I'm a P.I. working the mean streets of New Klondike, the domed Martian city that sprang to life in the wake of the booming fossil market. Roughly forty years ago, Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered evidence of ancient life on Mars, and these fossils quickly became valuable sought-after antiquities for collectors on Earth. Then the wannabe treasure hunters swarmed here, suffering from fossil fever, to take part in "the Great Martian Fossil Rush", hoping to strike it rich.
So I ply my trade among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and "transfers"--folks wealthy enough to upload their consciousness into near-immortal android bodies—trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world. But now the motherlode of all cold cases has just landed in my lap: the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly--and God only knows what I may dig up.