The Disappeared

The Disappeared

Book - 2012
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In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child.Now three cases have collided: a stolen spaceyacht filled with dead bodies, two kidnapped human children, and a human woman on the run, trying to Disappear to avoid alien prosecution. Flint must enforce the law-giving the children to aliens, solving the murders, and arresting the woman for trying to save her own life. But how is a man supposed to enforce laws that are unjust? How can he sacrifice innocents to a system he's not sure he believes in? How can Miles Flint do the right thing in a universe where the right thing is very, very wrong?This Endeavor Award-winning novel is Flint's first adventure, the story that turns him from a police detective in the Armstrong Dome on the Moon into a Retrieval Artist."Rusch has created an entertaining blend of mystery and sf, a solid police drama that asks hard questions about what justice between cultures, and even species, really is."-Booklist"It feels like a popular TV series crossed with a Spielberg film-engaging."-Locus"The Disappeared is a very readable, very thought-provoking novel that lives up to every expectation we have of Rusch and her considerable talents. Buy and enjoy."-Analog
Publisher: [Riverside, Calif.] : WMG Pub., 2012
ISBN: 9780615458564
Branch Call Number: FIC Rusch
Characteristics: 319 p. --


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Barbara5060 Apr 07, 2014

This had many of the characteristics of a "Disaster movie." The beginning is introducing the people who will be most affected by the unfolding plot. Then the police detectives are introduced with their circumstances. Then the book takes off into a race against time to "save" the human victims from the devastating consequences of their actions taken in ignorance of the alien races we were cooperating with. Good challenges, good twists in logic to face off against the logic of the aliens. Very good writing once every one has been introduced. Interesting aliens.

Mar 02, 2010

A riveting crime novel of the future. This book should appeal to mystery and science fiction fans alike. The interaction between humans and diverse alien cultures is interesting and very problematic. The author develops a realistic look into a possible future, where compromise is most often the only route for diplomacy. What may appear as a simple misdemeanor to "our" race, may be a severe offense to others. Faced with the severity of extreme criminal sentences, some just choose to "disappear". Can't wait to read the second book.

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