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The Suspect Genome

Post by chitman13 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:14 pm

I have finally read this story over the weekend and really enjoyed it,
although it’s not quite what I was expecting.

The story is set just after A Quantum Murder as Christine, Greg and
Eleanor’ daughter, is 6 months old and the story also features Amanda,
one of the detectives from A Quantum Murder.

The story is set into 3 parts, One - The Dodgy Deal, Two - A Suspicious
Fall and Three - Degrees of Guilt. The Dodgy Deal is essentially the
set-up, but is actually the chain of events that happen between parts
two and three. I really can’t say much about the story as it will ruin
the enjoyment if you know much before reading it.

Greg doesnt feature much in the story at the beginning, and the story
is pretty much told through the eyes of Amanda who is investigating a
murder. She bumps into Greg in the station and he agrees to help with his
psi ability.

There is a twist at the end when the murderer is identified and it is
satisfactory, but there is also another twist that I can’t decide if I
like or not. If I say anything it will be spoilt for those of you that
haven’t read it, but after reading the three Greg Mandel books it
makes sense, but it doesn’t at the same time.

All in all a damned good story and one that I’ll be returning to in
the near future, just to see if it changes my mind....

The story was in an old Interzone, but these are really only available
second hand now (good luck!) and also in a few collections, the main
one being Gardner Dozois Best SF 14 (18 in the US).
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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by Jasper21 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:21 am

On my list to read. I have a copy of it laying around, just haven't made time to read it. I'm in the middle of Pandor'a Star right now.

 
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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by Jasper21 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:29 am

Ok so i finally read this after 2 years. It was good but not what i expected. Greg Mandel's character is more like Paula Mayo, coming in and offering insights to the protagonist .... Well a little more but I won't spoil anything.

I think i will need to reread the Mandel series because his motives don't always seem true to his character .... But it has been 15 years since i read the series.

Anyway, worth looking up even if PFH did a little experimenting with timelines.... But what better place for that than a short story?

 
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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by GardenGuy » Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:34 pm

That is one of the few PFH short stories I haven't been able to get ahold of. I liked the Greg Mandel books so I am looking forward to reading it if I can find a copy.

I'm hoping it will be included in his upcoming short story collection. Can anyone confirm that?

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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by chitman13 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:03 pm

GardenGuy wrote:I'm hoping it will be included in his upcoming short story collection. Can anyone confirm that?


I can confirm that it won't be in the new collection, Manhattan in Reverse. At least that's what Peter told me last November when I met him at the Tor event in Derby. From what I can remember the reason it's not being included is because it will need to be read in context as the technology of today has pretty much surpassed that of the story, and Peter felt that it's not fair to ask people to read a story in context. I'm pretty disappointed to be honest, it would have been great for the collection to include all his published short stories to date that weren't in A Second Chance at Eden.
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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by mickHC » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:01 pm

Yeah, just found it, and have to agree (without giving too much away), i questioned the motives at the end... however, in a society where you need insurance to ensure a police investigation, and the hero isn't adverse to taking the law into his own hands from time to tike, why not?

I liked it, right result for me!
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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by GardenGuy » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:45 pm

Thank you for confirming. (Sigh) I guess I'm back on the hunt for it again as I would like to have ALL of Peter's short stories. I just don't think I'll be satisfied until I've read everything by him.

 
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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by Jasper21 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:51 am

Good luck on your quest. I need to review what I have. Last time I checked I think I was about 5 shy of having all the published stories.

 
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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by Jasper21 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:21 am

Peter is releasing a new short story A Family Matters .... is this The Suspect Genome retitled? It sounds familiar.

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Re: The Suspect Genome

Post by chitman13 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:43 pm

It is - he re-wrote/edited/updated it for the release of the Mindstar Rising anniversary edition last year. Good to see it's getting a release on it's own!
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