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Galactic Effectuator by Jack Vance

Galactic Effectuator (1980)

by Jack Vance

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Title:Galactic Effectuator
Authors:Jack Vance
Info:Ace Books (1981), Edition: First THUS, Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:mystery, science fiction, space adventure, collection

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Galactic Effectuator by Jack Vance (1980)



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Miro Hetzel is an effectuator - in effect, a private investigator. This book contains two of his cases.

Despite the unusual-for-Vance title "Dogtown Tourist Agency", the story is straightforward Vance, with effectuatory Miro Hetzel traveling to the planet Maz to track down a mysterious shipping company. Maz contains the usual mix of weird races and aloof characters, though the fun language and footnotes are toned down a bit from the Vance usual. It's a fun if not outstanding story.

"Freitzke's Turn" is a more limited but still enjoyable story in which Hetzel searches for a brilliant but twisted old schoolmate. The setup is fairly thin, and we mostly just follow along as Hetzel solves the case. The end, however, is satisfying, and more upbeat (in some ways) than usual.

All in all, very enjoyable exemplars of the standard Vance, though with slightly less unusual vocabulary. A must for Vance fans, fun for occasional Vance readers, and a good entry point for new readers. ( )
  BMorrisAllen | Mar 31, 2013 |
A fun, quick read. I found out that an 'effectuator' is sort of a private detective that resolves situations. The book is two novellas set in the far future. Pulp fiction & very enjoyable. Plenty of twists & turns to the stories with very interesting backdrops, although I found myself gritting my teeth on a couple of gaffs. Still, it was well written overall. ( )
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Galactic Effectuator consists of the parts: The Dogtown Tourist Agency and Freitzke's Turn, both of which have also been published apart. Do not combine these two novella's with this record.
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