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A Quantum Murder by Peter F. Hamilton

A Quantum Murder (1994)

by Peter F. Hamilton

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Series: Greg Mandel (2)

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Carries the series on well enough and draws you towards book 3. Not bad. ( )
  expatscot | Apr 28, 2018 |
An enjoyable addition to the Mandel series. ( )
  brakketh | Dec 21, 2016 |
This was a classic locked room" mystery. But on a much larger scale.

And it deals with implanting memories and is totally based on the premise that a mind can be recreated in another human and hence that human becomes the first person who's mind it was.
(Which is bogus, because we are more than our memories. But I digress.)

The Mandell's are farmers, enjoying the bucolic life, trying to forge a new life together. Then they get dragged into a murder mystery and wormholes, and FTL and psychic glands all get involved.

While sex was hinted at, not so subtly, in the first book, in this book we have a scene or two that stop just short of the explicitly graphic. Which doesn't bode well for Book 3." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
My reaction to reading this novel in 2001. Spoilers follow.

Hamilton tries to put some of the psi powers in this series on a rational footing by evoking quantum physics in the figure of the roguish, rather hippyish Professor Edward Kitchener who takes syntho drugs to try to peer, through interlinked wormholes, into the past and other time tracks and, possibly, develop a stardrive as well as coming up with grand unified theory combining all of physics with psychic powers. While I found this novel enjoyable, I didn't like it as well as it's predecessor, Mindstar Rising. The mind control program beamed into the brain via laser beam was not convincingly rationalized though it made for an interesting fight at novel's end with Mandel confronting a group of zombies. The novel seemed to dwell longer on Julia Evans then strictly necessary for the plot, but then Hamilton is once again, as with Ione Saldana in his Night's Dawn trilogy, creating a young, likeable (if flawed) princess type character that everyone is either in awe of or loves. I did like the simmering conflicts between the Trinities and the remnants, just a suburb away, of the People's Socialist Party constabulary (and the scene where Mandel confronts a pathetic old PSP constable was good) and how most people want to put the PSP days of England behind them. ( )
  RandyStafford | Dec 10, 2013 |
A fun murder mystery. The usual Hamilton operatic cast of characters. Makes me want to read the other Greg Mandel story.
  robsack | May 3, 2011 |
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Dr Edward Kitchener, a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology for the Event Horizon conglomerate ...but no good to anybody now, lying dead with his lungs spread out on either side of his open chest. The security system at Launde Abbey was premier-grade, yet a mercenary could still have got through, and plenty of people anxious to stop Kitchener's work would pay the killer's fee. But why would a professional waste time in ritually slaughtering the target? Event Horizon needs to know fast, so Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch himself on a convoluted trail involving confrontation with a past which according to Kitchener's theories might never have happened. 'I cannot recommend this too highly' IAN McDONALD 'Peter Hamilton manages a very neat trick, combining deft scientific and social speculation with the page-turning appeal of the best thrillers' TAD WILLIAMS

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Dr Edward Kitchener, a researcher into quantum cosmology for the Event Horizon conglomerate - is found dead. Event Horizon needs to know who killed him, so Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement, and put onto the trail.

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