After the Faith Wars of the early 21st century, a backlash swept through the world, divorcing religion from politics of any kind and marginalizing the faithful. In this new climate, the bombing murder of a bishop signals a reawakening of religious violence, and Edinburgh DI Adam Ferguson must find the perpetrator. He soon uncovers a potential conspiracy arising from an unlikely source: a group of displaced humanoid robots who have suddenly "found" religion. VERDICT First published in the UK in 2008, MacLeod's (Newton's Wake; The Restoration Game) award-winning novel goes beyond the standard police procedural with a provocative plot and characters who resonate with realism. This might attract adventurous mystery fans who otherwise would never consider this genre.[Page 65]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
MacLeod's vision of a secular future and a world free from the influence of religion is just as powerful and timely as it was in 2008, when it won the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel, and it will be relevant as long as people kill one another in the name of God. Set in a near future where humankind has largely turned its back on religion following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent Faith Wars, the story revolves around Scottish detective Adam Ferguson and his investigation into the bombing murder of a Roman Catholic priest. Accompanied by a sentient robotic sidekick, Ferguson uncovers a global terrorist plot involving Christian fanatics that heralds the return of "the bad times." MacLeod's visionary fusion of science fiction and police procedural is replete with thought-provoking scientific and social speculation, particularly the exploration into the consciousness of robots and their significance in society. (Apr.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC