Guest Author - Laura Lehman
In a near-future world, matter transporters (d-mats) are a commonplace mode of travel and the difference between human and machine is often blurred. Officer Marylin Blaylock is investigating a serial murderer with an interesting alibi—all sixteen victims are still alive. During d-mat, a user’s body is translated into a kind of signal, sent to the other end and recreated. As the victims use d-mat, the killer creates a copy, leaving the original alive. Another frightening detail is that all the victims bear an undeniable resemblance to Marylin.
When investigating another body, officers find Jonah McEwen in a tub full of life sustaining gel, three years of his life missing from his memory. The evidence strongly points to Jonah, or his copy and who would want to terrorize Marylin more than the lover she left three years ago. The investigators ask for his help to track down the most likely suspect—himself.
The evolution of the investigation is logical without being predictable, raising both legal and philosophical questions that would result from such technology. Would a person's copy be considered alive? Would a copy's murder be considered a crime? The Resurrected Man realistically shows how this particular technology could both positively and negatively impact a future society, including an almost terrorist group opposed to d-mat on moral grounds.
During the first few chapters I thought Jonah and Marilyn's relationship would be very one dimensional, but I was wrong. The characterization grows deeper as the novel progresses, especially as Jonah's relationship with his father is revealed. The tension that drove them apart is still there now that they are forced to work together again.
Resurrected Man by New York Times best selling speculative fiction author Sean Williams is a fast-paced blend of science fiction and mystery. I spent several nights staying up too late so I could finish just one more chapter. I highly recommend this novel.
Pyr Publishing provided me with a free review copy of The Resurrected Man