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
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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