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By Adam Roberts

Jack Glass is the assassin. we all know this from the beginning. but as this amazing novel tells the tale of 3 murders devoted via Glass the reader should be stunned to determine that it used to be Glass who used to be the killer and the way he did it. And by way of the top of the publication our sympathies for the killer are absolutely engaged. Riffing at the tropes of crime fiction (the state apartment homicide, the locked room secret) and imbued with the texture of golden age SF, JACK GLASS is one other bravura functionality from Roberts. no matter what video games he performs with the style, no matter what questions he asks of the reader, Roberts by no means loses sight of the necessity to entertain. JACK GLASS has a few splendidly grotesque moments, is equipped round 3 gripping HowDunnits and springs with liberal doses of sly humour. Roberts invitations us to rejoice and tips us into pondering either crime and SF through a superbly established novel set in a society whose depiction challanges notions of crime, punishment, energy and freedom. it truly is a unprecedented novel.

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