Rusch offers up a well-told mystery with interesting characters and a complex, riveting storyline that includes a healthy dose of suspense, all building to an ending that may not be what it appears. With imaginative locations, exotic aliens and fanciful words, this tale still lacks the feel of true science fiction, leaning more toward a basic, tension-filled mystery.
Nineteen cities were bombed six months ago. Chief of Security for the United Domes of the Moon Noelle DeRicci calls in Miles Flint to help find out why. A former Retrieval Artist, whose job it was to find people who have disappeared, Miles retired to raise his daughter. Noelle has called on him to do some serious investigative work: What were these attacks about, and who is behind them? Is this attack leading to one against the Earth Alliance? Or is it about something else entirely? Building an alliance with furtive operatives, off-the-books detectives and his daughter, Talia, Miles digs deeper into the forces behind the attacks. But will he end up uncovering some uncomfortable truths? (WMG, Dec., 392 pp., $18.99)