A morbid assassination – or something even darker? A Quantum Murder is the thrilling second book featuring Greg Mandel, the cyberpunk detective with psychic powers, from Peter F. Hamilton.
Dr Edward Kitchener was a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology. When he is found dead, lungs spread on either side of his open chest, his employers, Event Horizon, want to know what happened – and fast.
Many were anxious to stop Kitchener's work, and could have paid an assassin’s fee. And only a mercenary could’ve breached Launde Abbey’s premier-grade security system. Yet why would a professional waste time ritually slaughtering the target?
Greg Mandel, the psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to track the killer. He launches himself on a convoluted trail which will mean confronting the past. But – according to Kitchener's theories – this past might never have happened . . .
A Quantum Murder is followed by The Nano Flower to complete the Greg Mandel trilogy.
Lots of chewy techno-detail fills this near-future British SF mystery about a brilliant and eccentric physicist who's brutally murdered in his private mansion and the group of students who idolize him and are the prime suspects in his death. Returning from Hamilton's The Reality Dysfunction, psychically enhanced Greg Mandel and his sumptuous younger wife, Eleanor, are called upon to solve the bloody puzzle by their friend and benefactor, spoiled rich kid Julia Evans. Julia's company had contracts with the physicist, and it appears he may have been killed because of his connection to the company's new spaceplanes. Dangerous secrets abound as Greg and Eleanor unravel the tangled threads that inextricably link ousted political parties to the sabotage of scientific ideas and connect buried catastrophes to a captive serial killer. Hamilton clearly adores technology and science, and he packs many intelligent and highly disparate concepts into his tale, from various forms of extrasensory perception (stimulated by neurohormones) to giga-conductors, working artificial intelligences and education laser paradigms used for behavior modification. While the characters are standard SF archetypes (manly men and beautiful, brainy women), those who enjoy reading about nifty gizmos may feel, as one of Greg's old army buddies says, "this 'ware is ultra-cool."