Duplicate Effort: A Retrieval Artist Novel
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Review by Beth Slater
Roc Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451462602
Date: 03 February 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Book seven in what I think will be the final of the Retrieval Artist series, Duplicate Effort focuses on Talia, Miles' daughter, and her five cloned sisters. Talia, also a clone, has decided to look for her missing sisters without her father's knowledge, and was caught trying to get off-planet in order to do so. As a Retrieval Artist, Miles Flint has had to learn to view situations from multiple aspects, something he has yet to teach his young daughter – but this situation seems to be providing the perfect, if unfortunate, example. Having brought Talia back to his office, Miles tries to find out how Talia began her search. Yet, she is evasive so he has to lead her through the less pleasant aspects of his position – and present to her how her inquisitive nature may have resulted in the deaths of innocents.
Retrieving Talia puts a hitch in Miles' personal investigation of the murder of the investigative reporter he was working with to bring down a dirty law firm, but it does send up the red flag that he might be next. Ki Bowles had come out to the universe with information about Wagner, Stuart, and Xender, leaving behind a secure position with a reputable company to go back to the satisfaction of investigative reporting but with years of experience behind her of knowing how to get the facts. Being partners chafed for both of them, but it was the end product that they were both looking for – bringing down Wagner. Miles provided security detail for her but in the swanky Hunting Club, it was all for naught. The usual security links that connected her by mind to her detail were cut off – and then it didn't matter.
Nyquist is back on the job, but things aren't the same. He's investigating the murder of the well-known journalist Ki Bowles and from the start things are all wrong – like the self-cleaning forest where it happened. The only person who can shut it down is DiRicci, she won't do it without exigent circumstances and one murder of a civilian does not qualify. So we have the dots connecting the players, we just need to be able to connect them.
This however, is not a book for the uninitiated. This isn't even a book for someone who has skipped one in the series! I would have to say that the others in the series could stand on their own, but this one will throw you for a loop if you haven't read the others. There is a lot of background about Miles' wife and daughter that is necessary to understand the entire plot of this one, not to mention who Nyquist is and his relationship with DiRicci. Rusch is an outstanding author and her work is well worth the read, but make sure you have the background before picking this one up.