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Million-copy-selling Chris Brookmyre takes his fiction further than ever before in this wildly inventive and sharply-plotted novel set in the unforgiving emptiness of space.

"This is as close to a city without crime as mankind has ever seen."

Ciudad de Cielo is the 'city in the sky', a space station where hundreds of scientists and engineers work in earth's orbit, building the colony ship that will one day take humanity to the stars.

When a mutilated body is found on the CdC, the eyes of the world are watching. Top-of the-class investigator, Alice Blake, is sent from Earth to team up with CdC's Freeman - a jaded cop with more reason than most to distrust such planetside interference.

As the death toll climbs and factions aboard the station become more and more fractious, Freeman and Blake will discover clues to a conspiracy that threatens not only their own lives, but the future of humanity itself.

©2017 Chris Brookmyre (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating, fast-paced but thoughtful." (Iain M. Banks)
"Entertaining and intelligent." (Patrick Ness)
"Razor sharp." (The Big Issues)

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  • Skeggman
  • 11-19-17

Well worth trying if you like recent Brookmyre

i was a bit in two minds about this, i read a lot of thrillers and mystery. I do occasionally go for a sci-fi or fantasy title, especially liking the expanse series by James A Corey (for other fans, Detective Miller would happily fit in with Brookmyre`s characters!).

With this in mind, i really enjoyed the book. Brookmyre presents his usual brand of richly detailed anti-heroes and throws them onto a space station. There is some dark humour along the way, a twisty plot and some morals to ponder, so once you get over the space station, it is basically what he usually produces!

There are no lazer guns, aliens and the like. This is a mystery in space. I suspect that it will be accessible by both mystery and sci-fi fans alike. It falls into that rare category of being well written and accessible Sci-Fi, and for that alone it is probably worth a look.

Brookmyre fans, keep an open mind, it is worth giving a chance. Although it is probably not for everyone, i am hoping that this is not the last we see of Nicky Fix and her world.

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  • Dr
  • 11-29-17

Superb engaging book

Loved it, thought provoking as well as dramatic and gripping! fantastic.
Bookmyre at his best

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  • Boggy of Bucks
  • 11-23-17

Top Quality SciFi

Not only is this one of the best Chris Brookmyre novels, it is an excellent sci-fi work and can be ranked with the greats. It offers a glimpse into an entirely believable near future set in a city in near Earth orbit. The tech details are intriguing and credible. The storyline twists and turns and surprises. Top marks too to the excellent narration.

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  • Johnny
  • 11-21-17

Good story

This is a good story re realistic future some of the technologies they are playing around with today and all-female cast that does not detract from the story there is male characters but not important once the female rolls being masculine and feminine enjoying and intelligent well worth a listen

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  • Blackjack Belle
  • 11-21-17

please teach robin how to pronounce glenfiddich !

i was surprised with Brookmyres switch completely away from his tartan noir. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Brian
  • 12-03-17

Keeps you interested.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Its a good story to keep your interest, but at times full of some techincal stuff. Maybe suitable for the techy, but still has a good thread for the murder mistery and twists and turns though out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Places in the Darkness?

The unusual description of a dead body, cut up and floating in space due to a lack of gravity... now that would be unusual to see!

Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favourite?

Detective Freeman

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Space Station Dodgy

Any additional comments?

Not Bad for Chris, still doing the mostly serious and not as funny as the old stuff though. I guess as we all get older we get more serious.