I read this book about 6-May-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2004. This note was last modified Wednesday, 30-Oct-2013 21:03:27 PDT.
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Another unpublished one, I'm afraid (ISBN and copyright date updated to reflect first hardcover). I don't think it's scheduled yet. Note that I read essentially a first-draft; the version published is likely to be polished and fleshed out significantly. Then again, since I'm avoiding spoilers on unpublished work, I'm not likely to mention details that might change.
Those of you looking at dates may correctly infer that I read this during a break in reading Manifold Space.
This is the second of Joel's mainstream mystery novels (not to be confused with his fantasy mysteries, D'shai and Hour of the Octopus). The first one isn't in print yet either.
I enjoyed this, but it does feel like a middle book. Some nice character work is accomplished, some important things are done, there's some action even. It feels to me like there's a reasonable climax, enough to justify reading the book. But you still know you're on the way somewhere.