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Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery Review

“How do you solve your own murder when you are the only suspect?”




David Bagini thinks he’s a homicide detective who just woke up on a strange planet and is not particularly fond of clones or clone contracts. It actuality he’s the 42nd clone of David, created from a sample years old, who’s been given life for one reason: to find his original’s killer.

Prime Suspects is a neat blend of science fiction, mystery and police procedural. The world Bernheimer set up is imaginative and captivating, with long lines of clones of exceptional people acting as a type of indentured servant. David Forty-Two’s struggle to learn about the society he now lives in and his expected role is wonderfully told and nicely balanced with a suspenseful, twisting investigation.

I’m a big fan of all the genres touched upon in Prime Suspects, and really enjoyed the way they were blended. Add in an engrossing story, solid writing and unique characters and ideas and it’s an extremely interesting and compelling read.


2 replies on “Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery Review”

This sounds really similar to Mike Resnick’s Widow Maker tetralogy. Have you read that? I really enjoyed it, so if this is in the same vein, I’d add this to my tbr quick. And, is it a standalone or a series?

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