The Prefect

The Prefect

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Critically-acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds creates "a fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study"(Publishers Weekly) in this novel in his Revelation Space universe. Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that leaves nine hundred people dead. But his investigation uncovers something far more serious than mass slaughter--a covert plot by an enigmatic entity who seeks nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 563 pages
  • 104 x 170 x 30mm | 272g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0441017223
  • 9780441017225
  • 55,160

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Praise for The Prefect "This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who."--Publishers Weekly "Absorbing...gripping in the extreme...A fine provocative portrait of utopia on the brink. The relentless narrative momentum it employs simply underscores the pertinent urgency of that topic. The resulting mixture of space opera and police procedure is sublime entertainment."--Locus

"A well-constructed amalgam of detective fiction, hard-SF and space opera."--Andromeda Spaceways "A great book and a worthy addition to the world of Revelation Space."--Sci Fi Book Spot "[A] magnificently imagined world."--Booklist "Alastair Reynolds has developed real skill in mixing a detective investigation mystery with a background that is as thoroughly hard science as anybody's...Eminently satisfying."--SF Site
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About Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon's Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.
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13,415 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 37% (4,970)
4 45% (6,053)
3 15% (2,037)
2 2% (281)
1 1% (74)
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