A twisty police procedural set on an alien world. Inspector Keon knows that his wife was murdered 5 years ago, and that the illegal AI he built to replace her has been destroyed. So who exactly is interfering with his investigation into an impossible murder? And how do they know so much about him?
Inspector Keon has finally gotten over the death of his wife Alysha in a terrorist attack five years ago. The illegal AI copy of her – Liss – that he created to help him mourn has vanished, presumed destroyed. His life is back on track. But a deadly shooting in a police-guarded room in a high-security hospital threatens to ruin everything.
Another player has entered the game. Someone who seems to know more about Keon than is possible. Someone who might be using Liss’s information against him.
Or who might be Alysha, back from the dead.
Sam Peters is a mathematician, part-time gentle-person adventurer and occasional screenwriter who has seen faces glaze over at the words ‘science fiction’ once too often. He brings a striking new voice to the Gollancz list and his inspirations include Dennis Potter, Mary Doria Russell, Lynda La Plante, Neal Stephenson, and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.