A Peacer Novel
By Dave Swavely
Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9781250001498, 261pp.
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
"Minority Report" meets "Blade Runner "as a man must solve his daughter's murder only to find that the trail leads right back to himself in Dave Swavely's "Silhouette," the first of The Peacer Series
A post-quake San Francisco is ruled by a private corporation called the Bay Area Security Service. Its founder, Saul Rabin, is revered by many as the savior of the city, but by others he is feared and loathed as a fascist tyrant. And because of the cutting-edge antigravity technology being developed by his company, this controversial figure is about to become the most powerful man in the world.
To his protege, Michael Ares, the old man is a mysterious benefactor whom he respects and admires. But when Michael's daughter and best friend are brutally murdered, he follows a trail of evidence that leads dangerously close to home. Closer than he could ever imagine.
A future world of aerocars, net glasses, and neural cyberware provides the backdrop for this timeless tale of good and evil, revenge and love, infamy and destiny. Fans of "Blade Runner "and "Ghost in the Shell" will love this page-turner filled with thought-provoking images of dark shapes which, despite their pain and power, could never blot out the light that surrounds them.
“Echoes of Blade Runner and A Scanner Darkly run throughout a society ruled by corporate interests, sharpening the divide between the have and the have-nots. Ares's soul-searching journey echoes Swavely's own philosophical ministrations, where "risk and destiny are synonyms" and "the greatest men are the ones who make the most difficult choices”…A thought-provoking debut novel with a futuristic scenario that may be well on its way.”
"Swavely updates the roman policier genre with a high-tech gloss. I was bowled over by the hyper-paced action and caught up by the deep political connections and archly hip, bleeding-edge cultural references. If Steve McQueen's 1969 Mustang in BULLITT could've actually flown, it would fit right into the chrome-&-neon streets of SILHOUETTE's future San Francisco. I'll be waiting impatiently for the next installment of the Peacer saga."
—K. W. Jeter, bestselling author of Farewell Horizontal and The Kingdom of Shadows
“A fast-paced government thriller set in a distant future that's just close enough to reality to keep readers anxiously turning pages.”
—Julie Cross, International bestselling author of Tempest
“A brisk SF thriller. . .replete with antigravity and cool wetware augmentations”
"An explosive murder mystery set in a fully realized future…takes off at a gallop and never lets up. I loved it."
—Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Sparrow Rock, Strarcraft Ghost: Spectres, and Diablo: The Order
"Intrigue, violence, and double-dealing go high-tech in this rapid-fire tale"—Library Journal
“[A] refreshing read that would suit both science fiction and detective fans.” —sfcrowsnest.org.uk