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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.Com (Sept. 26 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595248527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595248520
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,012,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For those interested in science fiction, Barry Longyear is required reading." -- Philadelphia Inquirer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on Oct. 10 2002
Format: Paperback
Finally, I can read the Series. It is the complete and unabridged Infinity Hold trilogy: Infinity Hold, Kill All The Lawyers, and Keep The Law. In a world of terrorists, murderers, and criminally insane, one man rises to become the world's first police officer and the guardian of their most precious possession: The Law. Three full novels, the complete saga from before the landing to Bando Nicos's murder trial. Kill All The Lawyers: First time in book form. Keep The Law: First publication!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good Sci-fi examining law, society and morality June 8 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been searching for another copy of this book for quite some time. My original copy was loaned out so many times, it apparently decided make a go of it on its own. An excellent read. The main character is a piece of human filth at the beginning of the story, and is landed on a prison planet in a shipload of similar creatures. Being thrown together in adversity makes a group of these lowlifes, and they find themselves fighting back-to-back against a whole planet of people like themselves, bloodthirsty, implacable and despairing. With no laws to break, and no society to offend, they find they have to construct such from scratch or die under the heels of the gangs they face.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An old Si-Fi concept presented in a down-to-earth manner! Jan. 24 2002
By Brett Boyette - Published on
Format: Paperback
It took me a long time before I got around to reading this book, but once I did, I wondered why I hadn't read it earlier! Dumping prisoners on an empty planet is a fairly old Si-Fi concept and has been used many times, but never with the angle Longyear takes on it. Not only is it facinating as a fiction novel in itself, but is also a psycological book that will open your eyes to the modern day prison system and its flaws. Although I have never been very interested, or had many opinions on 'Justice', this book has helped me form some of my opinions on it. I found the book to be very realistic portrayal of the criminal mind/society and I would recomend this book to EVERYONE!!!!! I have already recomended this book to my history and psycology teachers after hearing concepts in their classes that this book could apply to. Please give the book a try. I garenttee that you will be glad you did! I was! :)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Justice for All April 27 2005
By Melissa McCauley - Published on
Format: Paperback
In 2115 Bando Nicos is a twenty-seven year-old inmate of "The Crotch", the Union of Terran Republics' prison for incorrigibles in Greenville, Mississippi. Like many other prisons, The Crotch is shut down and the entire population deposited on the planet Tartaros, named for the lowest level of hell, the galaxy's dumping ground for the unwanted. Soon after they are abandoned in the sandy desert of Tartaros, the seventeen thousand-plus population is reduced to three thousand. The remaining "sharks" decide they must band together if they want to survive, and elect a leader who makes Bando the first police officer of the newly-christened Razai gang. With the help of pre-teen killers, homicidal maniacs, and political dissidents, Bando makes up the brutally simple Law of the Razai as they travel in search of a place of refuge. In between trials and fights for survival against the gangs already in residence, Bando and his compatriots must think about the meaning of justice, and Bando examines his own heart to see if he is worthy of the trust placed in him.

This edition contains all three books in the series: INFINITY HOLD, KILL ALL THE LAWYERS, and KEEP THE LAW, and features a lengthy introduction by the author (in which he hints that there may be more Tartaros books in the future).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I disliked the edits in this version June 9 2009
By Herb Ollick - Published on
Format: Paperback
There are substantial edits in this version of Infinity Hold (the first of three stories in the book). In my opinion the edits do nothing to improve the story and in some instances steal the heart from the story to the extent that they make what is one of the greatest SF stories of all time rather poor and unejoyable to read.

I would strongly urge owners of the first edition who love the story never to read the reprint in this book.

As to the second and third stories they are well writen but I feel they lack the soul of the original
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Read the dedication!!! Aug. 5 2005
By Book Addict - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have only read part I so far.

The book definatley deserves at least 4 stars, as it is well written, but there is more to the book. To understand this book, read the dedicaton of Infintity Hold part I. It is dedicated to NA and those who died along the way.

The book IS NOT about a group of prisoners dumped on a planet, thAt is just the setting. (A digression here. NA is a 12 step fellowship, like AA.) Most people are familiar with the fact that AA has 12 steps, but there are also 12 Tradtions and 12 Concepts.

Using those it is possible to set up a society, and that is what Barry is doing.Meanwhile Nicos is getting into recovery from his rage.("I didn't get into trouble every time I [fill in the blank] but every time I was in trouble I was [***ing]"). There is also a saying in the rooms, "Some of us may die, so that others can recover". Find it in the novel. Barry has actually written the meditation book he talks about "Yesterday's Tommorrows; Meditation for Hard Cases". Available on Amazon.

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