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Publisher's Summary

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. 

Longlisted for the Mcilvanney Prize for Crime Writing 2018

"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 Issue)

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  • Skegg
  • 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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  • 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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  • Sean Dynan
  • 02-14-18

Disappointed...

Would you try another book written by Chris Brookmyre or narrated by Robin Miles?

No, I don't think so. The narrator was okay but the author left me disappointed.

What was most disappointing about Chris Brookmyre’s story?

Too many clichés, too unbelievable and plot too lightweight for the rich backdrop of a giant space station.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator did a good job overall but I wasn't a fan of her using old school street accents from the likes of Kojak or Columbo.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Places in the Darkness?

No spoilers from me!

Any additional comments?

The seedy underworld scenario was just too unbelievable for me, given where the story is set. And the good cop / bad cop cliché was the final straw. I'm going to ask for a refund on this one.

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  • Graham. Cox
  • 12-13-17

Hooked on Brookmyre

So far my genre has been Crime and Thriller but was getting fed up with plodding detectives. I looked around for a writer of wholesome stories and found Chris Brookmyre. what a find. This story with an unusual setting held me and carried me along at an unflagging pace. The story is well plotted and totally believable. The narrator was brilliant. All in all a superb read which I could not put down. Just finished Black Widow with equal satisfaction.

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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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  • C and/or A
  • 03-13-18

Icky Sticky and...

Bloody and crude. No likeable characters. Good setting. Terrific performance. Stuck it as long as I could, but...

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  • Louise S.
  • 01-24-18

Classic Brookmyre

Got the book without listening to the preview, have to be honest found the readers voice a bit grating but after a few sessions getting used to her I thoroughly loved this audiobook! Great story with so many twists and turns - Brookmyre at his best!

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  • Nicholas
  • 01-05-18

A Great Story, But...

... nothing, everything about this production is excellent and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend a listen.

I do mourn, however the passing of Christopher Brookmyre and the quirky irreverent novels he wrote.

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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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  • 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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