Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer

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There’s a wonderful Raymond Chandler-meets-Ray Bradbury vibe that permeates “Red Planet Blues.”
-The Maine Edge

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Incorporating the Hugo & Nebula award–nominated novella “Identity Theft”

The name’s Lomax—Alex Lomax. I’m the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded here in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

 I’m trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, tracking down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, the corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers—lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when I uncover clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what I’ll dig up...

 

About Robert J. Sawyer

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Robert J. Sawyer has been called "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by The Ottawa Citizen. He is one of only seven writers in history-and the only Canadian-to win all three of the world's top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1995 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2005 for Mindscan). In total, Rob has authored over 18 science-fiction novels and won forty-one national and international awards for his fiction, including a record-setting ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras") and the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award, one of Canada's most significant literary honors. In 2008, he received his tenth Hugo Award nomination for his novel Rollback. His novels have been translated into 14 languages. They are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada and have hit number one on the Locus bestsellers' list. Born in Ottawa in 1960, Rob grew up in Toronto and now lives in Mississauga (just west of Toronto), with poet Carolyn Clink, his wife of twenty-four years. He was the first science-fiction writer to have a website, and that site now contains more than one million words of material.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Ace. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Jared Bland on Apr 12 2013

It’s when that action draws to a close and Sawyer is faced with the problem of expanding an elegant, compact bit of genre parody...Like any gold rush – or fossil hunt, for that matter – things just can’t end as promisingly as they begin.

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The Maine Edge

Good
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Apr 03 2013

There’s a wonderful Raymond Chandler-meets-Ray Bradbury vibe that permeates “Red Planet Blues.”

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