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More excellent work from Roberts,
This review is from: Jack Glass (Golden Age) (Hardcover)
This was a really enjoyable read, and continues Adam Roberts' reputation for producing thoughtful, intelligent, interesting stories.
This novel is a set of three murder mysteries- the first one is entirely self-contained, and would have worked fine on its own. The other two follow on from the first and tie into a larger story concerning the power balance of the solar system. In each one, the murderer is confirmed up-front to definitely be Jack Glass, but even so the reader is kept guessing the entire time as to how Jack Glass could have done it, or even how he could have been involved at all. This premise works really well, and I kept wanting to find out what happens next and how each story could be resolved. The main characters, both Jack and later on Diana, scion to one of the powerful "clans" of the solar system, are likewise all well-crafted and interesting.
The only criticism I'd have is the way the ending was handled. While the resolution to the murder is surprising as ever, the other major aspect of the novel (how the characters' story starts to affect the power balance of the solar system, and potentially pave the way for a revolution), is left somewhat unresolved and not all that satisfying. It would definitely be a good set-up for a sequel, but I'm not sure if that's going to happen or not.
Apart from that, a great read, and highly recommended.