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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 kriswrites.com and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.
on Feb. 12, 2012 :
Another fantastic novel in the Retrieval Artist series. In this one, Miles Flint receives emergency alarms from Paloma, his mentor. But by the time he arrives at Paloma's apartment, it's too late: She's been murdered.
But by whom?
His first thought is to get aboard Paloma's ship, the Dove, and see if she left any clues there. She has - complete with hologram informing Miles he has inherited her estate.
Which angers at least one member of a certain law firm...
This was fast paced and gripping, but as is typical with KKR, the human element is right there throughout the story, this time between DeRicci and a certain detective (not Miles). And you have to feel for Miles as well; though he starts out distressed and upset by Paloma's murder, his emotions are torn in different direction after finding out about Paloma's hidden past. Where Paloma was a peripheral character, she is fully fleshed out here...and her past is not exactly covered in sweetness and light.
The series continues to be fascinating and strong. But don't begin with this story; you'll be confused. Start with The Disappeared and check Ms. Rusch's site for the order you should read them in.
If you're like me, you won't be disappointed. :-)
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)