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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 a dirty glass) / Show Article /

Rob Sawyer has expanded his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella "Identity Theft" and his Aurora Award-winning short story "Biding Time", into a full length noir detective novel set on the red sands and mean streets of New Klondike, built on the now defunct Great Martian Fossil Rush and populated with human scum and androids with uploaded human consciousness. Alex Lomax is the only P.I. in town, and he's out to solve a cold case on the frigid sands of Mars, if it doesn't kill him first.

From official release/information:

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.

(Source: Ace)

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