In this, the second of the Tanner books, author Timothy S. Johnston pulls out all the stops possible and gives us an extremely exciting, and claustrophobic closed room murder thriller. He is rapidly becoming the leader in the Sci-Fi form of this genre as his previous book (The Furnace) dealt with much the same sort of situation, only this time it is on Jupiter’s freezing (both literally and metaphorically) moon Europa, where all is not as it seems.
2402 AD: CCF homicide investigator Kyle Tanner and his girlfriend are on their way to Pluto, en route to a new life together. Just one little death to check out in the asteroid belt first. But when you’re as tangled up in conspiracy as Tanner is, a few hours on a case can change your life. Or end it.
The mystery is a strange one—one man dead, a cryptic message his dying breath. Still, Tanner’s ready to wrap it up until another gruesome murder shakes him to his core. The discovery of a microscopic bomb near his own heart offers the first faint clue, but the clock is ticking. He has four days….
A desperate search for answers takes Tanner to The Freezer, an isolated facility on one of Jupiter’s moons. With anti-CCF dissidents targeting the facility, a team of scientists conducting experiments the military would rather remain hidden, and a mysterious man in white hunting him on the ice, Tanner will have to choose his allies carefully. Putting his faith in the wrong person will leave him bleeding out in seconds.
So there you have the kernel of the plot in a nutshell. A classic closed room murder story set in Space but essentially the same concept as all those murder stories where you know the Butler did it – but here there are no Butlers, genteel country house people or similar, but a bunch of hard headed and disparate scientists and soldiers in an impossible situation, so who the murderer is is not at all obvious, or even if there actually is one murderer, or a number of them.
Not Simply a Thriller………….