by Chris Dolley
Cover Artist: Allan Pollack
Review by Steve Sawicki
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416521402
Date: 03 July 2007 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Astropsychologist Nick Stubbs is called in to take a look at the mind of serial killer Peter Pendennis who has suddenly begun to insist that he is John Bruce, first astronaut to pilot a space craft through higher dimensional space. Stubbs reluctantly gets involved and ends up getting Bruce's former girl friend involved as well. The evidence they collect is that while Pendennis can not be Bruce, his mind is also projecting into the higher dimensions. Soon, Stubbs and Louise Callander (Bruce's ex) are astral projecting all over the place, investigating John Bruce (who just happens to be running for President of the United States) and finding more dead bodies than either is comfortable with. Add in some interstellar beings and a few interpersonal conflicts and you've got a plot full of opportunity. From official release/information:
Book Description: Peter Pendennis killed and dissected eleven people before they caught him. Now he was safely locked away in an institution-but one of the multiple personalities he is host to claims to be the astronaut John Bruce, who is now running for President of the United States. And when Pendennis is confronted with Louise Callander, Bruce's former girl friend, he tells her things that only the real John Bruce could know. Nick Stubbs, a scientist investigating the nature of multiple dimensions in their connection to the human brain, was called in to investigate-and now very much regrets it.
Someone is killing people, leaving their parts scattered in places where Nick has been, and the police think he's the prime suspect. The modus operandi of the murderer is identical to that of Peter Pendennis-but he apparently is still securely under lock and key. Nick knows that John Bruce had tested a new faster-than-light ship using higher dimensions, and had reported a strange, almost religious experience. Was part of his personality left behind, becoming attached to Peter Pendennis? Soon, Nick and Louise are on the run. But how can they escape a killer who seems to be unbound by any restraints of space and time?