Homicide Detective David Bagini awakens in a strange world only to discover that he is, in fact, the 42nd clone of the Bagini line. With no memories of why his Prime entered into a clone contract, he wants answers. The first problem is his Prime is dead and Bagini 42 is in charge of the investigation. The second problem is all the clues point at a clone from his line and they already know all his tricks. How can he solve his own murder when every suspect has his name and face?
©2012 Jim Bernheimer (P)2012 Jim Bernheimer
Born with earbuds.
This is a clever little SciFi book.
You're a detective--one of the best--expected to solve a murder. Failure to do so may cost you and everyone related to you their existence. The murder victim is you. The murderer may be you. You may also be an accomplice. The police chief is interfering in the investigation (also you). And there probably isn't any move you can make that the murderer(s) can't anticipate.
Perhaps the best aspect of the book is it's glimpse into the essence of individuality and self-discovery. It's a nature versus nurture experiment taken to the extreme.
Okay, I've only read one Detective Clone book - but this was such a great science fiction romp, it merits a lot of superlatives.
David Bagini wakes up as the 42nd clone in a line of top notch homicide detectives in a clone colony. He is imprinted with the memories of David Prime when the original was at the peak of his career. One of those memories is a distaste for ever cloning yourself as he learns his other self sold out his moral code for a comfortable life.
42 has been created to solve a rather unique homicide. It seems that the original David Bagini has been murdered and the most likely suspects are one or more of the other Bagini clones. 42 couldn't have done it because he was created after the crime was discovered. Clones are disposable items in this new world and a human that murders one is given a slap on the wrist for something akin to property damage. Murdering a human or prime is another matter and the entire Bagini line is in danger of being disposed of and restarted if the perpetrator cannot be found.
So can this newest Bagini clone outwit the killer clone? How can you go up against another version of yourself who can anticipate all of your moves? Actually another interesting wrinkle employed by Berhneimer is to explore how another version of yourself could actually get on your nerves. All the clones in the Bagini line do not get along. They try to alter their appearance to gain individuality and one of them (no 11) even went with religion to cope with the clone life provoking puzzlement and disdain from the rest of his duplicates.
The twists we usually expect with a mystery novel are enhanced with the clone perspective - a version of you looks like he committed the crime, but really it was a different version of you - no wait it was that other version who did it. And, why is the clone you report to (number 2) not telling you everything you need to know to solve the case.
I loved this book and would like to see a sequel. You will too.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Science fiction detective story
in the best traditions of Agatha Christie.
The best is to compare it to Hercules Poirot style of investigating.
Try to imagine that you were so good at your work ( Homicide detective)
that you were offered a contract to create copies of yourself
with all your skills and memories.
And now it's time for the best part:
you were just awakened in some strange place,
you are told that your number is 42(funny)
and you have to solve a murder of yourself committed by yourself,
you have 40 suspects and all of them know everything you know
and more,everyone of them knows your every skill and trick up your sleeve.
It's a great book I highly recommend it.
The Author does a great job mixing in little tidbids of his/my favorite quotes, characters of other novels. He actually mixed in some funny quips about Hitchhickers guide to the galaxy. He includes these in most of his bokks, hhis little pop culture references are great.
In this book he does a good job keeping things straight so you don't get lost with the mass of clones in the story. Some people seem to have a couple hundred clones of themselves in the city/planatoid. very twisty plot and hard to figure out who dunnit. Great writing style with some snarky comedy referenced in. Must read!!!
The concept is fantastic! The duplicitous notion of the same basic man cloned into so many different aspects of the same murder mystery (hard to answer w/o giving things away here!!) was extremely well thought out, especially in the notion of how each starts at the same point but develops some differently defining characteristic, making them not so clone-like afterall, yet all thinking on the same vein, creating complications along the way
His interaction with Victoria and Carol at Victoria's apartment
Yes, a non-fiction piece. This was different. I'll admit that I went into this already of the opinion that Kafer is a strong narrator, having heard his rendition of Age of Context, but not sure what to expect from fiction. I had high expectations. I think he met them, but not the way I expected him to, which I liked even more. In every narrator you can gleam something different, some strength they have. Kafer has a real knack for the subtle. He was not broad with his characters (ironic given they were clones, right?), but painted them together somewhat seamlessly so you rarely had trouble differentiating them and in the end I think that paid off rather nicely. Seriously 42 people of the same genes? It takes a Kafer to make that come across in audio!
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
The recent headline about a successfully cloned sheep influenced how I listened to this audio book. A society based upon human clones. Humans are reluctant to relocate to different planets. This is due to the harshness, high mortality, lack of modern conveniences among a few things. Earth is over populated and desperate for the resources. Some one comes up with a bright idea. Pay off desirable humans with wanted jobs, personalities and more. Offer them a portion of their clones paycheck. Build luxury homes, and other accommodations. You have your donors (aka Primes). Clones are treated as second class citizens. They are considered disposable by humans. The story is from the view point of a hardened police officer. He is 'made' because a Prime has been murdered by one of his clones. Bagini Forty-Two is made from his Prime before said Prime had undergone clone counseling. Unlike other clones, he has no knowledge about being a clone. Forty-Two's thoughts about cloning are 'I'll never do that'. The story is a murder mystery with a lot of twists in the plot. It shows potentially what could happen with humans. It shows how clones could deal with being cloned and each other. I enjoyed this very much. The conflicts about clones and cloning are kept supportive. Forty-Two deals with cloning in such a way as to make him a different thinker from most clones. He thinks outside the clone and his maker box. There is a little predictability with enough twists to keep story interesting. I strongly recommend this book. Forty-Two is under pressure to solve the murder or the entire Bagini Line will be terminated. Jeffrey Kafer reads the story well. His voice is not unlike past movie and television cops.
I was given this book by the narrator through Audiobook Blast in return for an honest review, so here goes. I really enjoyed this story. David Bagini has been murdered, and it's up to David Bagini 42, the 42nd clone to find the killer. The story is set on a planet where The "Primes" License out their clones for different work. These are based on the specialty of the Prime, such as being a renowned chef, a great cop, or a famous detective. When Prime Bagini is killed, a new clone is created to solve the crime, one who has no conflicts of interest or any possibility of having been the killer. Bagini 42 has to contend with hostile versions of himself, a conspiracy that goes way deeper than expected, as well as his own feeling about what being a clone is all about. The story is well fleshed out, with lots of action and traditional detective drama, as well as cool sci-fi elements that are blended in really well. I thought the characters were fleshed out really well, especially seeing as how they are basically all versions of the same people. The Author manages to create individuality among the clones, with their own strengths and foibles gained through life experience. The ending I didn't see coming, so the twist really was effective. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun sci fi book that will fill you up while leaving you wanting more with these characters.
I enjoy a good story that keeps you guessing. Yes, some of it was predictable. But it does not let on who did it until the final reveal. Loved that part!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I really liked Confessions of a D-list Super Villain and the Dead Eye series so I went ahead and took a chance on this book. While good, detective stories are just not my thing. Mostly this is about coming to term with being a clone. I was hoping it would be funnier, in which case I wouldn't have cared what the main story line was about. There is no humor in this book. Only me, myself, 42 and a bunch of other clones that have vastly different personalities. Narrator was a little dry, but overall he was okay.
I'm not real big on the idea of clones, but I have a hard time turning down a sci-fi mystery. I loved the main character's point of view. From the very beginning I was intrigued by his insights. The descriptions of the other clones and their antics kept me rolling. The plot line in the story had some good twists and will keep you guessing. Narrator Jeffrey Kafer did a good job and I'd listen to other books performed by him. A very entertaining little book.
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