Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such "revelatory and though-provoking"* works as Triggers and the novels of the WWW trilogy, presents a noir mystery set on a lawless Mars in a future in which everything is cheap and life is even cheaper...
The name's Lomax- Alex Lomax. I'm the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded here in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.
I'm trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, tracking down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, the corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers- lucky stiffs who, ater striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when I uncover clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what I'll dig up...
*The Globe and Mail
Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives in Mississauga with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name.
Sawyer is an absolute master of science fiction, and Red Planet Blues just adds more luster to his already towering reputation - Mike Resnick, author of The Buntline Special
Sawyer's gift for ingenious ideas shines in this celver and exciting genre-crossing homage in which classic noir takes on a decidedly reddish hue - Karen Dudley, author of Food for the Gods
“Imagine the plot of 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' played out on the planet Mars. Sawyer has, and the result is wonderful in both senses--a terrific 'noir' crime novel that is full of the wonders of Sawyer’s sci-fi world. In Red Planet Blues Sawyer has imagined, and written, his best book yet.” - Eric Wright, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award, the Edgar Award and the John Creasey Award
“All the twists and turns of a classic noir adventure with all the hard science goodness of Sawyer's previous work." - Alan Gardner, Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated author
"Red Planet Blues is a perfectly executed gem of a book.” - Linda L. Richards, author of Death Was in the Blood and editor of January Magazine