Red Planet Blues
Red Planet Blues
Ace Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780425256411, 352pp.
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
The name's Lomax Alex Lomax. I m the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded here in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.
I m trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, tracking down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, the corrupt cops, and a growing population of "transfers" lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when I uncover clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what I ll dig up...
“Robert J. Sawyer is an absolute master of science fiction, and Red Planet Blues just adds more luster to his already towering reputation.”—Mike Resnick, Hugo Award–winning coauthor of The Cassandra Project
“In Red Planet Blues, Sawyer has found a highly original and fun way to pay homage to the great hard-boiled detectives of the past.”—seattlepi.com
“Red Planet Blues resurrects the noir mystery, the gold-rush western, and the science-fiction adventure and the result is a unique, fun story that keeps you guessing, keeps the pages turning, and manages to put a smile on your face every few pages, in spite of the pulse-pumping action and adventure.”—Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show