Jack Glass: The Story of A Murderer by Adam Roberts
Synopsis: Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel, from the author of Swiftly, New Model Army, and Yellow Blue Tibia
Jack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds, readers will be astonished to discover how he committed the murders and by the end of the book, their sympathies for the killer will be fully engaged. Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction (the country house murder, the locked room mystery) and imbued with the feel of golden age SF, this is another bravura performance from Roberts. Whatever games he plays with the genre, whatever questions he asks of the reader, Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain. Filled with wonderfully gruesome moments and liberal doses of sly humor, this novel is built around three gripping HowDunnits that challenge notions of crime, punishment, power, and freedom.
2012 WINNER OF THE BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION AWARD
Published: July 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-0575127647
Blood-spatter in space is messy business, which is one of the many things you’ll experience in this collection of three mysteries that follow the exploits of an infamous serial killer. Cosmic riffs on common mystery tropes like “the locked room” give Roberts a platform to demonstrate his insatiable love for genre fiction, as well as his incredibly clever solutions that leave readers simultaneously slapping their foreheads and reeling with uncertainty. – From 10 Great Books on Science Fiction (2)