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The Prefect

Alastair Reynolds, Author
Alastair Reynolds, Author . Ace $25.95 (410p) ISBN 978-0-441-01591-7
Reviewed on: 04/21/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
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The seventh novel set in Reynolds's Revelation Space milieu (most recently encountered in his 2007 collection Galactic North ) is a fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study. One of the 10,000 colony habitats of the utopian Glitter Band has been destroyed, and title character Tom Dreyfus, a cop who patrols the Glitter Band beat, is assigned to learn whodunit and why. Meanwhile, his protégé, Thalia Ng, shepherds a supposedly minor series of software upgrades on several other habitats, while Dreyfus's superiors oust their leader, ostensibly for her own good. Reynolds unfolds revelations layer by onionskin layer, supplying enough detail to imply a novel's worth of unwritten backstory without ever obscuring the stakes and personalities. The high-quality characterization more than compensates for the slightly too shadowy villains. This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carré and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who . (June)

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