Odd Girl Out
by Timothy Zahn
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317339
Date: 02 September 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Prolific author Tim Zahn has crafted a noir science fiction adventure. In Odd Girl Out, Frank Compton and his half-human sidekick Bayta continue their fight against the Modhri, a group mind with aims to take over Quadrail space. This novel carries on the struggle begun in Night Train to Rigel (2005). This time Compton fights to find and save a young girl the Modhri wants destroyed. They call her the Abomination. From official release/information:
Book Description: In this noir thriller set on the interstellar Quadrail, former government agent Frank Compton can't catch a break. After a successful mission against the Modhri, the coral polyp-based group mind that is attempting to take over the galaxy, Frank arrives at his New York apartment. A young woman is waiting for him, pointing a gun at his face. She tells him that someone on New Tigris is holding her ten-year-old sister. Compton takes her gun and orders her out, only to be rousted out of bed and accused of her brutal murder.
Compelling characters, hard-boiled sleuthing, and non-stop action make this a hard SF thriller that will grab the reader and not let go until the last page.
(Source: Tor Books)