Title: The Ultra Thin Man
Author: Patrick Swenson
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Noir, Thriller
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the
weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced
slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When
terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon,
forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives
for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary
consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep
into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.
The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos
has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the
terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far
more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.
In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight
through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to
answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?
About the Author
Patrick Swenson’s first novel The Ultra Thin Man was released by Tor in 2014. He edited the small press magazine Talebones magazine for 14 years, and still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, he has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. Patrick, a high school teacher for 28 years, has a Masters Degree in Education, teaches in Auburn, Washington, and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his twelve-year-old son Orion.
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“The thriller pacing carries the story along until the structure
of the conspiracy becomes clear. By the epic finale, the universe
is fleshed out enough to make the ultimate question–Who is
behind this chain of events?–one worth answering. All in all,
an entertaining piece of storytelling.” – Booklist
Pig Latin, an exotic drug, a comic strip, and a retractable penis add
colorful detail to a showdown that puts love and sacrifice at the
heart of the self.” – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review