From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Clinically dead, even partially decomposed, but still able to function thanks to nanotechnology, a private eye way down on her luck is hired by a talking dog in a violent, sardonic SF yarn that harks back to Frederik Pohl's early work. The last P.I. on Kestrel, a planet only days away from annihilation, Lou caves to the pleas of Dog, a much-modified beagle who claims that his companion Kid, a mindless "disposable," or artificial human, with whom he's psychically linked, has been kidnapped. Little does Lou know that the search is going to put her up against a murderous tycoon, brutal police, her abusive ex-husband, and a powerful AI-or that Kid is far, far more than he seems. Though much of the gore is gratuitous, and the pace too frequently falters while Lou wrestles with family issues, Bedford laces his tale with credible futuristic cyber-science, moves his hard-bitten (literally, as well as figuratively) shamus through vividly realized settings both scary and satiric, then winds it all up in a wild, transcendental climax. Here's hardboiled SF at its finest.John Peters, New York Public Library
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Nanotechnology and AI underpin this grim, but humorous, story. Lou, an unlicensed private investigator who is clinically dead but functions because of tiny internal machines, is asked by Dog, the former pet of a rich family who augmented his canine brain with all kinds of gadgets, to find Kid, a defective android, or "disposable," who has disappeared. Lou's internal technology is wearing out, and she hasn't the funds to replace it. The planet she and the others are on is about to get hit by a chunk of stuff from space. Yet, even as the end approaches, there are still villains and skullduggery to be dealt with. Background, characters, and plot are all so well crafted that the matter of plausibility pops up only after the book is finished. Frieda MurrayCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved