• Killer in the Retroscape

  • A Near-Future Mystery
  • By: Bruce M. Perrin
  • Narrated by: Denver C. Risley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Killer in the Retroscape

By: Bruce M. Perrin
Narrated by: Denver C. Risley
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In 2068, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Douglas (Doug) Michaels finds his lifelong friend Josh Unger dead in his home.

When law enforcement concludes his death was a suicide, Doug and his wife Ali are dumbstruck; they wonder what could explain such a needlessly violent and lonely death in a future where such actions are unimaginable.

Trying to unearth a killer, be it either flesh and blood or the cumulative stress of life, Doug creates a mental landscape of Josh’s past, a retroscape, starting in the mid-2030s.

Among its landmarks are:

  • An illness sensationalized in the media as the “zombie pandemic” that drives a wedge between husband and wife, parents and children
  • Cryptic communications between Josh and an “after-life specialist” who peddles immortality services
  • A mysterious phrase uttered at the assassination of a government official that ties it to Josh’s death 14 years later
  • Josh’s machine-intelligence wife Julia, who may hold the secret to his death...if she can only remember

In the end, determining guilt in a retroscape littered with suspects tells Doug more about humanity, technology, and himself than he ever would have imagined.

©2018 Bruce M. Perrin (P)2020 Bruce M. Perrin

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Is this our future?

This sci-fI mystery really got me thinking. In the investigation of the untimely death of his friend, Doug gigs in to find the shocking explanation.

Bruce M. Perrin certainly did his research. Building upon the technological advancements that we have undergone, he puts forth a very plausible future scenario. Great story with a fantastic twist at the end.

I enjoyed Denver C. Risley’s performance. I thought he was consistent throughout, and I didn’t encounter any issues that detracted from the story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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