Mystery and Science Fiction: Review Of Rule 34 By Charles Stross
Charles Stross, the author of Rule 34, is a science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005 and 2010 Hugo awards for best novella, Stross’s works have been translated into over twelve languages.
In Rule 34, Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh is head of the Rule 34 Squad, monitoring the Internet to determine whether people are engaging in harmless fantasies or illegal activities. Liz is pulled into a nasty political investigation, and soon recognizes that there is a pattern emerging: Three ex-con spammers have been murdered in a series of bizarre household accidents. Liz has to deal with a strict and not-so-smart temporary superior while trying to figure out who’s behind the murders.
A number of characters are pulled into the story including a small-time criminal Liz once arrested, Liz’s girlfriend; a professor of AI and another detective from Interpol. The whole inter-relationships between the characters makes the situation more complex and the clues less transparent.
This book caught our attention as it is a crime story with a science fiction theme. The storyline is very imaginative and interesting and we see a unique vision of the future world through the eyes of the author.
Overall, we think mystery fans who wants to read a story with a dose of Sci Fi will enjoy this title the most.