Retrieval Artist 06 Recovery Man Mass Market Paperback – Sep 4 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Rusch continues her provocative interplanetary detective series with healthy doses of planet-hopping intrigue, heady legal dilemmas and well-drawn characters. On Jupiter's moon Callisto, Hadad Yu, a glorified bounty hunter known as a Recovery Man, kidnaps Rhonda Shindo for delivery to the alien Gyonnese as payback for a reneged legal settlement. Meanwhile, Shindo's preteen daughter, Talia, has just discovered that she's a clone of her mother's birth-daughter; left behind, she faces a doubly confusing world as lawyers, cops and her mother's employer fight over child-custody rights. Meanwhile, Miles Flint, series protagonist and PI-like Retrieval Artist, discovers a secret in his dead mentor's files—a secret that suggests his daughter, long thought dead, may be alive somewhere on Callisto. Rusch creates instantly sympathetic characters in a convincingly fragmented future wherein the petty mistakes of one culture translate to heinous crimes in another. Though Flint's role this time around is meager (largely following the proverbial paper trail), alternating perspectives help other characters transcend their stock types; damsel-in-distress Rhonda proves refreshingly manipulative, and even the villainous Recovery Man wrestles with his convictions. Science-fiction fans should expect to be hooked. (Sept.)
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After his mentor's murder, Miles Flint discovers ever more of her secrets. A recovery man (not as ethically reprehensible as a tracker nor as careful as a retrieval artist) kidnaps Rhonda Shindo and leaves daughter Talia trapped in a closet. Discoveries and felonies converge after Talia escapes and calls Armstrong's top law firm, triggering events that shake to the core the Aleyd corporation and Earth law. While Talia's protectively detained, Aleyd seeks custody of her; the recovery man delivers Rhonda to aliens; and Miles goes to Callisto and discovers more about what led him to become a retrieval artist. A nifty series cooks on. Schroeder, Regina
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After learning from House that her mom was out of range Talia who assumes she is thirteen earth years, now knows of cloned "false children" and that she is one of at least five. Soon afterward, the Aleyd Corporation claims possession of Talia the clone as if she is an object while the cops search for her disappeared biochemist mom. At the same time, Retrieval Artist Miles Flint follows a clue found in a secret file of his late mentor Paloma that implies his daughter Emmeline is not dead as he thought, but lives on Callisto where he will soon find himself in the middle of the search for Rhonda Shindo.
Fascinatingly, Flint plays a relatively minor role considering he has been the hero of the previous retrieval artist tales. No one will care because from the opening scene when Hadad confronts Rhonda, readers will be hooked with strong characterization starring in a powerful science fiction thriller. The prime cast is fully developed; Talia has doubts about life now that she knows she is false child; Rhonda is Machiavelli playing poker; and Hadad actually has major pangs or regret and doubt that he is doing the right thing. Fans of the series will relish this fresh entry while newcomers will learn quickly how superb a writer Kristine Katherine Rusch is.
Nyquist was trying to warn Claudius of his danger when the assassins arrived. Nyquist killed both Bix assassins, but was severely injured. And Claudius was dead.
In this novel, Miles Flint lives in Armstrong Dome on the Moon. Long before he become a Retrieval Artist, he had a wife and daughter. Then his daughter was murdered and his wife divorced him.
Rhonda Shindo is Flint's ex-wife. She had been convicted of a serious crime by the Gyonnese and the penalty was the loss of her first-born child. She now lives on Callisto with her daughter Talia.
Talia Shindo is the sixth clone of Emmeline, the daughter of Flint and Rhonda. She is younger that her original.
Hadad Yu is a Recovery Man. Usually he recovers inanimate objects, but now he has been hired to find the missing daughter of Rhonda Shindo. The Gyonnese are convinced that Emmeline was not killed as had been reported.
Janus Nafti is the current partner of Hadad Yu. He is big and bulky, but not too smart.
In this story, Miles sits in the Emmeline -- his yacht -- going through Paloma's files. He is using a computer without links to anything else. He also has the ship moving randomly just outside the Moon's space, avoiding orbit and other ships. And he is monitoring nearby space with external sensors.
Flint knows that these files would be damaging to some important individuals and corporations. They are likely to do anything to keep this data from becoming public knowledge, including destroying his ship. Now he has security and privacy to examine them in detail.
Flint finds a curious entry concerning his deceased daughter Emmeline. Paloma had indicated that Emmeline was on Callisto. He returns to the Moon to check the information and finds that Rhonda is living on Callisto with a daughter.
He then retrieves all available information on the murder investigation of his daughter Emmeline. He finds some information missing from the police files. He decides to go to Callisto and ask Rhonda some questions.
On Callisto, Rhonda comes home from work to find Talia missing and a Recovery Man in her house. He is not after Talia, for Yu knows that she is a clone. He is after the original Emmeline. Since Rhonda will not cooperate, the Recovery Man takes her to his ship to give to the Gyonnese.
Yu locks her in a spare compartment as far away from the control room as possible. Still, her incessant pounding on the hatch is driving Hafti and himself nuts. he sends Nafti to intimidate her into stopping the noise.
Rhonda tells Nafti that the storage room is contaminated. He contacts the control room with this news. Yu has the computer check the compartment and then tells Nafti to take Rhonda to the medical quarters.
Nafti dons an old environmental suit and escorts Rhonda to medical. Once there, Rhonda starts her decontamination. She also gathers a few medical items to use as weapons.
Meanwhile, Talia hacks the house computer to get out of the locked closet where the Recovery Man put her. She checks the house and finds a video presentation of the incident that led to her mother's trial and conviction. Then she follows her mother's instructions and tries to contact a lawyer on the Moon.
The call to the Moon is unproductive, so Talia calls the local police. However, the junior lawyer continues her attempts to contact Rhonda's attorney. After finally reaching the senior partner, she finds him not very happy with her conduct. He tells her to arrange passage for him and herself to Callisto.
This tale reveals data about his daughter that Flint had not previously known. Soon the various parties are gathering on the Jupiter moons. And the Alliance Police are looking for the Recovery Man.
Flint finds himself in the role of parent of a teenager. The next volume -- Duplicate Effort -- concerns the duties and trials of such parenthood. Read and enjoy!
Highly recommended for Rusch fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of private investigators, alien customs, and young computer wizards. If anyone has not previously read this series, the initial volume is The Disappeared.
-Arthur W. Jordin
For the newcomer, Rusch's latest book is not the best place to begin reading -- it assumes the reader is basically familiar with the setting and with Miles Flint, the series protagonist. (Familiarity with the prior book, Paloma, is useful but not vital to the plot.) Extremes is a better starting point.
For the fan, the events of the book and the effect on Miles are worth reading. New characters, including Miles' ex-wife, are well drawn and engrossing. I find I missed even a cameo from Miles' former partner, but it is a minor loss.
All in all, a good book, though less so for a newcomer to the series.