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The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel by Jack McDevitt
Cover Artist: John Harris
Review by Carolyn Frank
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016358
Date: 04 November 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Salud Afar is a planet located so far outside the galaxy that when one looks out at the night sky only a single star is visible, Callistra or The Devil's Eye. Only a few other planets and some asteroids survive in this system on the distant edge of human-dominated space at a time many millennia in our future. When Alex Benedict, interstellar antiquities dealer, gets a delayed message pleading for help from best-selling author Vicki Greene, who has now disappeared, he sets out to uncover the mystery. Since the message was accompanied by two million deposited to the account of his business, Rainbow Enterprises, Alex is determined to find her and the reason for her outcry. Chase Kolpath, interstellar pilot and business partner to Alex, is also intrigued. As the last place Vicki is known to have visited is Salud Afar, they head there to investigate.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict receives a cryptic message asking for help from celebrated writer Vicki Greene—who has been mind-wiped. She has no memory of her past life, or of her plea for assistance. But she has transferred an enormous sum of money to Alex, also without explanation. The answers to this mystery lie on the most remote of human worlds, where Alex will uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval—a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden, though the price of that silence is unimaginable…

(Source: Ace)

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