Two murders have occurred on One One One, an artificial ecosystem created by the universe's dominant AIs to house several engineered species, including a violent, sentient race of sloth-like creatures. Under order from the Diplomatic Corps, Counselor Andrea Cort has come to this cylinder world where an indentured human community hangs suspended high above a poisoned, acid atmosphere. Her assignment is to choose a suitable homicide suspect from among those who have sold their futures to escape existences even worse than this one. And no matter where the trail leads her she must do nothing to implicate the hosts, who hold the power to obliterate humankind in an instant.But Andrea Cort is not about to hold back in her hunt for a killer. For she has nothing to lose and harbors no love for her masters or fellow indentures. And she herself has felt the terrible exhilaration of taking life.
©2008 Adam-Troy Castro (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This is a bold and original creation by Castro that contains some really exciting elements. I'll try not to give away too much, but it focuses on a murder investigation at a space station in the distant future. There is an almost all-powerful artificial intelligence that runs the place, along with an experimental species living in trees, a couple of creatures that have joined their minds and become 2 living, separate halves of the same being, a corps of public servants staffed by burnt-out cynics... On the negative side, the main character is very unpleasant and also tells the story, so the reader gets to spend a lot of time with her.
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