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Book Note: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Disappeared

I read this book about 29-Jul-2003. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2002. This note was last modified Saturday, 02-Aug-2003 14:33:44 PDT.

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I picked this up pretty much on a whim—a recent book in the series was on the new releases rack, and I found this one used to try more cheaply.

Somehow it never quite jells for me. The two detectives never really connect, one of them not even with herself, let alone with each other.

Also the whole legal setup where aliens are allowed to come claim human infants of parents who violated their laws is unbelievable. The author seems to be trying to pretent it's tolerated because it's rare, but the existence of multiple disappearance services, some claiming millions of clients, shows that to be a lie.

The three alien races are interesting. We only spend much time with two of them, but they're both rather interesting.

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