by Alexander Jablokov
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765322005
Date: 05 January 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Tor calls Brain Thief by Alexander Jablokov a fun, literate speculative fiction adventure.
Bernal Haydon-Rumi, the executive assistant to a wealthy eccentric, receives a cryptic message from his employer Muriel Inglis. He goes to her home only to find her missing and the house in disarray. All the clues to solve the mystery are in Muriel's bedroom, but Bernal fails to understand their significance and embarks on a long chase to find answers. The prose is polished, but the plot is convoluted and relies too much on coincidence.From official release/information:
From back of book: Bernal Haydon-Rumi, executive assistant to a funder of eccentric projects, drops by his boss's house on the way home from a business trip. By the next morning, he's been knocked out, his wealthy socialite boss Muriel has stolen a car and vanished, and the AI designed for planetary exploration that she’s been funding turns out to be odder than it should be. In figuring out what’s going on, Bernal has to deal with an anti-AI activist toting a handmade electronic arsenal, a local serial killer, a drug dealer with a business problem, a cryonic therapist stalked by past mistakes — and someone who specifically wants Bernal dead.
(Source: Tor Books)