Consequences: A Retrieval Artist Novel

Rated 3.00/5 based on 1 review
Mixing interstellar politics and police procedural, Rusch turns out a satisfying SF mystery. Flint’s internal conflicts are deftly portrayed, and the gritty realism of the murder investigation meshes well with the alien setting.

This [third] entry in the Retrieval Artist series should please SF and mystery fans alike, and can be read independently.

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About Kristine Kathryn Rusch

New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.
She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.
She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits some of the volumes, as well.
To keep up with everything she does, go to and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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Reviews of Consequences: A Retrieval Artist Novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Travis Siegel reviewed on April 28, 2021

Interesting book. At times, I was wondering what the story segment had to do with the overall view, but it's all tied together at the end, and it all makes sense. It's a good story, though if it didn't take place on the moon, I'm not sure we could qualify it as scifi, but that's a side note, for those who like their scifi on the hard side of things. Otherwise, it was a pretty decent mystery story, and even if you're not a scifi fan, if you're a mystery fan, you'll probably enjoy this one.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Nancy Beck reviewed on Jan. 21, 2012
(no rating)
If you're not into hard SF, this might be the ticket for you, and it combines both SF and mystery in a satisfying way.

Miles Flint, former Moon detective, is now a Retrieval Artist, someone who specializes in finding those who have Disappeared; the Disappeared are those who've gone into hiding usually because of committing crimes (sometimes unwittingly) against space aliens.

In this case, a judge and his wife, a doctor, hire Miles to find their daughter, who supported the rebels on an alien planet, even joining up with the rebels in their war. She's been pardoned, and so she is persuaded to go with Miles, who takes her back to her parents.

In a gruesome scene, all three are murdered. But by whom? And why?

Miles feels guilty, and decides to track down the killer or killers - on his own dime. We also get to meet up with Detective DeRicci again, who has become a minor celebrity of sorts, for her "heroism" in the prior novel...

I've become a major fangirl with this series, because it combines soft SF, mystery, and political intrique. Ms. Rusch has a deft hand at weaving all three strands into this tale, with twists and turns abounding in a fascinating - and believable - way.

Did I mention I'm a fangirl of this series? :-)
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
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