I read this book about 14-May-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1983. This note was last modified Monday, 19-May-2014 16:33:19 PDT.
This is book 8 of the "Family D'Alembert" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Eighth Family D'Alembert book, written by Stephen Goldin.
Hey, this one suddenly credits the cover! (Completely new cover style, obviously a new artist, started with #5. These are by Stanislaw Fernandes.)
A couple of pretty good adventure threads to the plot, except of course for the idiocies. I hate idiocies.
Since the beginning, all SOTE personnel know that agents Wombat and Periwinkle are the tops, and must be cooperated with. But they have no way to authenticate anybody claiming to be one of those agents. Well, finally, the bad guys take advantage of that to wipe out a few SOTE teams, and to bait a trap for the real agents. And nobody even notices how stupid the policy that allowed it was.
We did finally get rid of the guy who really made the robots; but we don't know how many robots there still are. And we learn that Lady A is a robot herself, a mind transfer of Banion's daughter; so all the plots really do tie together.
And we get the Grand Duke of sector 4 executed for treason. Or at least, so it is announced.
I have no idea what the title comes from. (In the book, I mean; I'm familiar with the astonomical concept.)