The Ultra Big Sleep
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Dave Crowell is a hero of the eight worlds of the Union, but he doesn’t want fame or fortune. These days he just wants to run his private detective business with his partner and forget about the Ultras, the insidious aliens that attacked the Union, then vanished. But a client turns up dead under mysterious circumstances, and Crowell knows the Ultras have not gone away. With the help of a beautiful alien, he uncovers fragments of memory that might lead to his missing father. When it becomes clear that Crowell’s past also contains the information he needs to save the Union, he is caught up in a conspiracy beyond his understanding and pulled into an underworld drug war on a hostile planet. With the crisis deepening, Crowell must learn the answer to the biggest question of all: Where are the Ultras?
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“Science-fiction mysteries are hardly new (Isaac Asimov was writing them years ago), nor are detective stories set in exotic earthly locales all that rare anymore either. But Patrick Swenson’s interplanetary Ultra novels with their eight worlds, their alien Helks and Memors, and their vast cataclysmic stakes in the hands, here, of a fallible human-Helk duo, raise the ante in the long SF mystery story in astonishing, fully satisfying ways. Pick up THE ULTRA BIG SLEEP and hold on to your molecules; they’re about to be shaken and stirred in ways you can never imagine: a light-speed, stand-alone noir follow-up to Swenson’s admirable debut novel, THE ULTRA THIN MAN.” —Michael Bishop, author of BRITTLE INNINGS.
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“THE ULTRA BIG SLEEP combines ultra big world building with an ultra fast moving plot. Sleep will be the last thing on your mind. An impressive sequel.” —Ted Kosmatka, author of THE FLICKER MEN
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“Patrick Swenson’s deft touch with complex themes of interstellar noir resonate in THE ULTRA BIG SLEEP. With mystery, danger, and intrigue on every shore, detective Dave Crowell is back and faced with new challenges. THE ULTRA BIG SLEEP again showcases Swenson’s skills with pacing that reveal those dark corners that exist when everyone thinks they’re safe. A great ride!” —Fran Wilde, author of UPDRAFT.
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“The alien Ultras were driven off in the first book in this series, or were they? One of the protagonists this time suspects that their influence lingers on Earth and that they have not abandoned their plans. Another is still trying to recover his lost memories, which might hold vital clues. And a third is off to another planet to try to gain further intelligence. Collectively they stumble on a secret so big it cannot be contained in a single universe. This is a blend of noir detective with futuristic conspiracy, and while I thought the first book was somewhat better, this was pretty good as well.” —Don D’Ammassa, CRITICAL MASS