Monday, July 23, 2012

Jack Glass by Adam Roberts

It says: “Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime from the author Kim Stanley Robinson thinks should have won the Booker.” Jack Glass by Adam Roberts is published by Gollancz this month (£14.99). It boasts a superb cover illustration, like a stained-glass window,

“Jack Glass is the murderer. We know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel tells the story of three murders committed by Glass the reader will be surprised to find out that it was Glass who was the killer and how he did it. And by the end of the book our sympathies for the killer are fully engaged.

Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction (the country house murder, the locked room mystery) and imbued with the feel of golden age SF, Jack Glass is another bravura performance from Roberts.

Jack Glass has some wonderfully gruesome moments, is built around three gripping HowDunnits and comes with liberal doses of sly humour.”

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