The Elysium Commission by L. E. Modesitt

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L.E. Modesitt returns to SF with a whole new future world on the brink of destruction.  A brilliant scientist on the planet Devanta has created a small universe contiguous to ours --and a utopian city on one of the planets. The question becomes, though, an utopia for whom? And why is a shady entertainment mogul subsidizing the scientist? More critical than that, does this new universe require the destruction of a portion --or all -- of our universe in order to grow and stabilize? Blaine Donne is a retired military special operative now devoted to problem-solving for hire. He investigates a series of seemingly unrelated mysteries that arise with the arrival of a woman with unlimited resources who has neither a present nor a past.  The more he investigates, the more questions arise, including the role of the two heiresses who are more -- and less -- than they seem, and the more Donne is pushed inexorably toward an explosive solution and a regional interstellar war.

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About L. E. Modesitt

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L. E. MODESITT, JR. is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and three fantasy series, including the saga of Recluce. He lives in Cedar City,
Published August 24, 2010 by Tor Books. 348 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, War, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Modesitt's action-packed space opera–cum–hard-boiled detective story (after 2006's Soarer's Choice ) stars Blaine Donne, retired special operative who solves problems for the wealthy by day and fights crime by night on the planet Devanta.

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Science Fiction detective novels are a venerable category going back to Isaac Asimov’s 1954 novel ‘The Caves Of Steel’, if not further.

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Most of the science fiction that I read tends to be short stories, or genre science fiction, whether it be Star Trek, Star Wars, The X-Files, or another of the popular science fiction universes.

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