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Book Title: Martian Darkness: Four Detective Ace Sloan Mysteries|
The author of the book: William Graham
ISBN 13: 9781530608508
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 783 KB
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Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: April 4th 2016
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Reader ratings: 4.4
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Martian Darkness combines science fiction with a detective story's investigative format and is set in the 22nd century, where Ace Sloan probes four cases with dexterity and ingenuity. Having four Ace stories under one cover is a fine benefit, allowing readers to fully absorb the methods, psyche, and different cases challenging Ace's skills; and having these set in a futuristic Martian backdrop provides an exquisite format highly recommended for genre readers of detective and sci-fi alike.
Ace works as head of security at The Red Planet Casino and is in his mid-forties and divorced, so he's free to focus on and pursue any perps. Charged with preventing mishaps at the casino, he's removed from planetary politics, love, or the violence he experienced on his Earth job in Phoenix - until a body turns up.
Relatively peaceful paradise turns deadly as Ace discovers the woman was beaten to death, and that he's charged with keeping it under wraps as much as finding out what happened. How does a quiet teacher wind up as a murder victim? The more Ace probes her case, the bigger he realizes it is, as clues lead him far from the Casino and straight into a maze of deadly danger.
As Ace develops just the kinds of connections he doesn't want and had left behind in Phoenix (murder, complexity, and even a dash of romance), he finds himself on a fast track to something bigger than his desire to placidly follow legal precedent and handle small cases - something involving martyrs, politics, and murderers. At the end, Ace may realize something new about where his alliances lay.
'The Red Planet President' is another example of how Ace's life takes unexpected turns. This time, Ace takes a back seat to President Jane Starling's election and the events that swirl around her administration. The years pass and Martian politics evolves as Presidential associate Ann Bozak conducts an investigation that leads her into Ace's offices and the two them into a fold of social and political subterfuge that could bring down many carefully-constructed Martian policies and people.
Add the kidnapping of a high-profile figure and the efforts of an illegal insurrection and you have a gripping blend of political intrigue (Martian-style) and an investigative piece that is hard to put down.
Each of the stories comes from a different angle and provides diverse insights into Ace's persona and world. It would have been all too easy to have each story come from Ace's eyes and experiences; but by offering each tale as a jigsaw puzzle piece using different perspectives that contributes to a bigger picture, William Graham has done an outstanding job.
Detective and sci-fi readers who enjoy intrigue, juxtapositions of political and personal purpose, and twists and turns of plot will appreciate the focus, presentation, and evolution of Achilles' world as he changes from a man with a quietly singular purpose in his new home to one fully engaged with his world on many different levels. Highly recommended!
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Read information about the authorPoet, novelist and travel writer William Graham holds a BA and MA in English and a MS in Communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He lives in Stowe, Vermont.
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