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Professor Edward Kitchener, a double Nobel laureate researching quantum cosmology for the powerful Event Horizon conglomerate has been savagely murdered. But was he the victim of industrial espionage, personal revenge, or a crime of passion by one of his handpicked team of live-wire students? Event Horizon needs to know and fast, so Greg Mandel, PSI-boosted veteran of theProfessor Edward Kitchener, a double Nobel laureate researching quantum cosmology for the powerful Event Horizon conglomerate has been savagely murdered. But was he the victim of industrial espionage, personal revenge, or a crime of passion by one of his handpicked team of live-wire students? Event Horizon needs to know and fast, so Greg Mandel, PSI-boosted veteran of the infamous Mindstar Battalion, must embark on an urgent investigation that ultimately leads him to an astounding confrontation with a past, which, according to the dead man's theories, might never have happened....

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A Quantum Murder Reviews

  • Dean C. Moore
    2018-10-21 04:15

    This book is so much more of a marvel when you think that it was written twenty years ago. Near-future sci-fi goes obsolete, as a rule, faster than milk left out of the refrigerator. Not so with A Quantum Murder. This is not because the book is thin on science and technology. Both are about as heavily infused in the writing as they are in the author’s DNA. Any more and they would have bogged down the story; as it is, the techno is just sufficient to get hard sci-fi fans really excited playing out future probabilities in their heads, and trying to determine what will be near certainties down the road. Among this book’s many choice delights is just how balanced and in the proper proportions everything is. The author displays a sixth sense for just how much character development he needs, how much scene painting, how much plot advancement, at any one time. Sci-fi writers as a whole are long on imagination, so much so that one often forgives the B-grade writing when encountered. No such forgiveness needed here. From story concept to execution, everything is A-grade. Out of a desire to scribble some kind of objective and biased review that didn’t boil down to simple gushing, I jotted down a few nitpicks. But that’s all they are, minor complaints, which may have more to do with what side of the bed I woke up on this morning than with the author, per se. Among them: too many chapters started with a report of the weather; certain characters’ speaking quirks which helped identify who was speaking got to be a bit grating after a while, chief among them, “no messing,” as Greg was fond of saying, Greg being our lead in the story, the psychic investigator. A psychic investigator, how cool is that? Maybe I should have led with that point. Lastly, there was a section of the story when the police procedural format seemed to eclipse the sci-fi format, throwing the balance lauded above off by a smidgeon. This moment was ever so brief, and within a couple of chapters the story righted itself like a ship caught in the storm of the author’s prolific imaginings. Okay, my duty as a reviewer done, back to the good stuff. Despite the nitpick about the weather above, the fact is, the way the weather permeates every scene in the story, until it becomes a character in and of itself, was laudable. The near-future world depicted is one where global warming has pretty much reduced England to a tropical non-paradise, that’s virtually unsurvivable outside of air-conditioners running constantly (Think Florida in Summer.) The weather, in fact, became one of my favorite characters in the story, helping with the full immersion I felt in every scene. Last but not least, Hamilton agrees with me on the multiple, virtually infinite parallel universes take on reality. And what he does with this idea is one of the dazzling things about the story I will leave for the reader to discover on his or her own. Suffice to say it has made the shortlist of my favorite sci-fi concepts of all time.Appropriate disclaimer: I have just about every book Peter F. Hamilton ever wrote on my shelf. Huge fan, but this is my favorite tale to date. I promise to get around to reporting on the others, as time allows.

  • Annise
    2018-11-07 01:18

    The second book in Greg Mandel's trilogy sees him attempting to solve the murder of a famous scientist. It has advantages over the first book, primarily in that a murder investigation has stakes that are easier to relate to, and the investigation itself was intriguing.However, the book also shares its prequel's flaws. The misogyny is ever so slightly less rampant, but still very much present. The world-building was a focus, but in such exotic(!) locations as Peterborough, flowery descriptions felt hollow, and often jarred. The politics remains dubious, and while it is gratifying to have the dangers of global warming so present, continual descriptions of the weather became dull. Crucially, the world didn't feel essential to the story, and so it slowed down the plot rather than adding to it. The characterisation is, in places, heavy-handed, particularly with attempts to give the characters a unique voice that stand out like sore thumbs. Every “tell you”, “no messing” and “yah” irritated me further. Greg remains a cardboard cut-out, psychic abilities notwithstanding. Eleanor was flat. Julia is present almost as an afterthought; she has little to do with the main plot, beyond getting Greg involved. Instead, she has minor sub-plots that served no purpose other than to infuriate me.The conclusion was unsatisfying, the plot resolution leading to a bolt-on action sequence. As such, the book ended up feeling like it was plugging a gap. I'm all for genre-bending, but the science-fiction and murder mystery aspects didn't gel in this instance. With a different lead character, and a lot of the extraneous content removed, this could have been an interesting murder mystery. As it was, it improved on the first book, but I remain unconvinced by the world and cast.

  • Kenzie Lamar
    2018-10-26 03:14

    Great series by a very good author. So far this is my favorite series from Peter F. Hamilton. I have his latest series yet to read. A quantum Murder is as close as a contemporary book can get to cyberpunk but not really be cyberpunk. What I mean by that is that "cyberpunk" was mostly written in the 80s and 90s and has that feel and flavor. It got a lot of future predictions wrong and correcting those predictions kind of ruins the feel of what cyberpunk is. What I think The Greg Mandel series does is take the cyberpunk genre into the present. But the twist is that is also adds semi-magical elements. ESP mind abilities. But it tries to make them more grounded in science and not magic. For hard science fiction fans this will probably make you not like this series. But if you can get past that and accept it as part of a new science then this series is great!! I couldn't stop reading until I had finished reading the whole series. The second book expands on the types of powers that people with ESP can do. It's a murder mystery. I liked the first book more than this sequel but it was still great and expanded the world making me want more.

  • Koen
    2018-11-10 04:16

    “A Quantum Murder”, is written by Peter F. Hamilton and is the second Greg Mandel book of three. ISB number 978-0-330-33045-9, first published in 1994 by Pan.The previous book was written around corporate espionage and sabotage and this book feels more like a detective combined with a SF book. The story is focused on a number of students at Laude Abbey under the wings of Edward Kitchener. Edward Kitchener, a double Nobel Laureate who invites three promising students each year into his home for an intensive two-year session of lectures, research and intellectual meditation.At one morning Edward Kitchener is found horribly murdered and the chase for his murderer starts.The students seem to be to only suspects due to fact that the more than premier grade security system wasn’t activated at all. The research done by the students at Laude Abbey seems to somehow be connected to the murder and there is a possible lead to Event Horizon. This is where Greg Mandel steps in as private investigator.What I really did like was the way in which Hamilton successfully incorporated quantum mechanics and time flow in an understandable way into the murder mystery. However Hamilton doesn’t have the suppleness to create a credible female character with his writing style and I think he misses a chance there. This is a reoccurring subject in nearly all his books by the way. I just read “around” these parts.Further more there are some minor points of course but if you keep in mind that the story was written more than 20 years ago…. Below an abstract of the personages and as you see, al lot of the characters of the first book returned:Former Mindstar Battalion:• Greg Mandel, former Mindstar battalion.• Gabriel Thompson, former Mindstar battalion.• Colling Mellov, former Mindstar battalion.Laude Abbey:• Edward Kitchener, researcher.• Nicolas Beswick, student.• Rosette Harding-Clarke, student with a degree in Quantum Mechanics from Oxford.• Uri Pabari, student.• Liz Foxton, student.• Cecil Cameron, student.• Mathew Slater, Rosette’s lawyer.• Edwin Lancaster, Uri Parabi’s lawyer.• Lisa Collier, Cecil’s lawyer.• Mrs. Mayberry, cook.Wilholm Manor, Evans’ Estate:• Philip Evans, Owner of Event Horizon.• Julia (Juliet) Evans, Granddaughter• Caroline Rothman, Julia’s PA.• Lucas, Julia’s butler.Julia’s friends:• Patrick Browing.Julia’s bodyguards:• Rachel Griffith.• Ben Taylor.Event Horizon, • Morgan Walshaw, security Chief.• Dr. Cormac Ranasfari, leading one of the research teams.Police force working together with Greg Mandel:• Detective Inspector Vernon Langley.• Detective Sergeant Amanda Paterson.• Detective (Sergant?) Jon Nevin.• Forensic investigator Violette Huthcins.• Forensic investigator Denzil Osborne, former Royal Engineer and worked with Mindstar Lieutenant Roger Hales during the Turkey Campaign.• Sergeant Keith Willet, retired policeman Oakham Station.HMP Stoken Hall:• Dr. James MacLennan, director.• Dr. Stephamoe Rowe, psychiatrist and assistant to Dr. MacLennan.• Liam Bursken, serial killer detained at Stoken Hall.Current Government:• David Marchant, Prime Minister.Other Characters:• Derek and Maria Beswick, Nicolas’ parents.• Emma Beswcik, Nicolas’ sister.• Maurice Knebel, Detective in charge during the PSP time.

  • Hx
    2018-11-05 04:38

    One hour into the book and the author decides to alienate all self-aware female readers by having a male character say in dialog to another male character (let's call him Bladibla):"stop giggling, Bladibla. Only bloody women giggle."Let's think about that sentence for a while, shall we. I'm sure the male part of Hamilton's fanbase doesn't have the faintest idea of what the problem here is. Let's substitute "women" with Jews, and giggling with something else."stop doing that, Bladibla. Only bloody Jews do it."or with Africans"stop doing that, Bladibla. Only bloody Africans do it."or with Gypsies"stop doing that, Bladibla. Only bloody Gypsies do it."Does that sound ...I dunno, at the very least NEUTRAL?? Hell no.Why would I continue to read this crap? Why is this crap popular? As a bloody woman myself, I can find an infinite amount of books written by authors who are not soiling their pants every time they meet a woman, and who consequently don't feel the need to be passive-aggressive to women in the fantasy worlds they build.Of course this is a FICTION book and the characters can be whatever and express whatever sentiments. They can be murderers, white supremacy proponents, evil scientists, child molesters,,, - truly whatever. However, just like I couldn't be expected to enjoy the plot twists or the superb world-building in a fiction book about a bunch of white supremacists, or child molesters, similarly I cannot be expected to forgive, or excuse, or otherwise ignore the casual, and from what I read completely unmotivated, putdown of women in this book. And because it was unmotivated that gives the entire thing the air of it being a given, of it being natural, as if it's no big deal, as if it's obvious that that should be the sentiment of every normal person. In other words, since no explanation of that character's problem with women ever followed, this sentence becomes simply a factual statement about that fantasy world. I don't know if I'm explaining this very well. Anyway, it's just not what floats my boat. If it floats your boat I would seriously examine any lingering mommy issues if I were you.I read a previous Hamilton book, Pandora's star, or box or something, and it was like 45 hours long and I thought it was thoroughly boring (but certainly not sexist). So I decided to give him another chance with Quantum Murder, cause you know, he's bound to come up with a better, less boring book at some point in his career. But now I see that even if he does, the guy's personal "philosophy" is obviously going to get on my nerves.

  • Kathi
    2018-10-16 23:18

    9/10A science fiction mystery with enough surprises and twists to satisfy this reader.

  • Doranna Durgin
    2018-10-30 22:29

    Recommended! Slow to start, but turned complex and fascinating, and inside a wonderfully complete imagination of a world after Warming.

  • Damon
    2018-11-09 23:11

    Really great detective story. It was a bit slow at the beginning.

  • Sara
    2018-11-11 21:29

    4.5 stars. Set in the future, Greg has a gland in his head that allows him to tell when someone is lying, and he's used this skill for various private investigations. He's called in to investigate the murder of Edward Kitchener, a genius whose work focused on quantum physics who's found murdered. Only six people could have been killer, but when Greg rules them all out as suspects, he begins focusing on Kitchener's research and how quantum physics might be the key to solving this case.This is the second book in this series. I found the first one fairly average, but I'm glad I read on because this installment was great! That's not to say it was without flaws - it had them, for sure - but it was quite entertaining and kept me reading on! The mystery was intriguing. I thought for sure I knew how it'd wrap up, thanks to some hints dropped early on. I kept waiting for the characters to catch up to what I'd already figured out (clearly the process getting to this point kept me entertained, since I kept wanting to read more despite "knowing" how it'd end)... but I was wrong! The story resolved in a completely different way, also with some previously dropped hints but ones I'd missed - and all so clever! The first book of this series suffered from a bit of misogynistic writing, as well as an overly complicated/confusing plot. While there were a few parts in this book that fell victim to these issues, it was a huge improvement on both ends. I enjoyed the female characters in here a lot more than in the first book, as they seemed to do more than just think about men all the time (although they still did that; they were just ALSO multifaceted!). The plot occasionally got a bit complex, but it was also understandable throughout and I had no problem following everything going on. The mystery was much stronger in this book than in the previous one, and the journey to get to the end was also much more interesting. I loved the way quantum physics was threaded throughout this book. It's such a fascinating and complex topic, and the author did a great job breaking it down into very understandable items. There was discussion about how someone with a psychic gland designed to see into the future can't just see a single future but sees multiple ones, the threads becoming more and more numerous the further into the future one looks; on the other hand, looking into the past with such a gland would only show you the one past because that's what did happen to get to the point in time where you're at now. Fascinating stuff and ripe for discussion.Those who've read later books by this author (specifically Pandora's Star) might enjoy a lot of moments in this book that seem to be pacing the way for Pandora - for example, there's a brief mention of a song called "Angel High" and there's talk about wormholes. Very interesting to read this (earlier) book having already read (and enjoyed) a later book and see these items that clearly play into his later, more detail (and way more massive!) works! Apparently this is part of a trilogy featuring the same main character; I didn't realize there was a third book, but since this one was so great, I'm going to have to pick up the last book to finish this off! Hopefully that one's just as good. This book was only loosely related to the previous one, so I think it could be enjoyed on its own without problem, but reading the first would definitely give a better background for the world building (my least favorite part of this series, I think, since it was explained but not developed enough for my liking). I thoroughly enjoyed this overall - the mystery, the resolution, and the journey getting from here to there. The mix of mystery and science fiction was perfect, although it doesn't feel right to call this "sci-fi" as it only has elements of sci-fi but is more simply "futuristic" than anything else... Not sure how else to describe it. If you're looking for sci-fi, this is probably not for you. And judging from other reviews of this book, not everyone enjoyed this as much as I did. But I found it fascinating! It's amazing to think that this was written over 20 years ago and yet so much of it still feels very fresh.

  • Seminoob
    2018-10-16 03:34

    The book was a good read. The only thing missing in it was the "Quantum" thing. There is nothing related to Quantum mechanics in the book so the title is kind of misleading. If the title is ignored, the story was good considering it was one of the first books that i read

  • Tony
    2018-11-11 03:27

    Not bad but... just not as good as the first book. Plot kinda just abruptly stops, and the villain's plan is pretty flawed IMO. Not to mention one of the main characters from the last book did pretty much nothing in this book, which was pretty disappointing.

  • John O'Neill
    2018-10-22 02:28

    A good read. It moves along at a good pace and keeps you engaged.

  • Hannes
    2018-10-31 02:24

    a good book, well written and tense untill the mental facility is introduced. from there on it becomes predictable but still good.

  • Venatici
    2018-10-25 22:27

    Murder mystery, time travel, a cyberpunk future in a flooded Britain.

  • Rita Monticelli
    2018-11-07 03:09

    Scroll down for the English version.Chi ha ucciso Edward Kitchener?Il secondo libro della trilogia di Greg Mandel è per certi versi un vero e proprio giallo. Gli elementi ci sono tutti: un morto, un luogo isolato, un numero ristretto di possibili colpevoli, molti dei quali avrebbero avuto un buon motivo per ucciderlo, e apparentemente non è stato nessuno di loro. Per riuscire a capire chi è l’assassino, devi scegliere il meno probabile, ma non puoi in alcun modo immaginare cosa ci sia sotto. L’elemento fantascientifico è quello che fa la magia, lasciandoti a bocca aperta.Come sempre nei libri di Hamilton i personaggi sono credibili e ben approfonditi, e persino simpatici. La sua prosa elegante ti coinvolge trasportandoti nella loro mente e mostrandoti la realtà attraverso i loro occhi.Il romanzo però non regge il confronto col primo. Eliminata la sorpresa nello scoprire e comprendere a fondo le capacità di Mandel, fornitegli dalla sua ghiandola, l’autore ha dovuto creare una nuova storia slegata alla precedente, tanto che il romanzo starebbe in piedi da solo. Ciò è reso anche possibile dai numerosi riassunti sugli avvenimenti passati e sulla situazione storica e politica, che da una parte rallentano il libro e dall’altra annoiano il lettore che si era già sorbito tutte quelle spiegazioni in “Mindstar Rising”. Capisco la necessità di metterli, ma non quella di farli così lunghi. Nonostante l’intricato caso trattato in questo romanzo sia completamente nuovo, ho trovato troppi elementi simili al libro precedente che mi hanno provocato un senso di déjà-vu. Ci sono troppe descrizioni. Nel primo libro erano essenziali, perché il lettore stava conoscendo un nuovo mondo. Nel secondo diventano pesanti. In generale, a esclusione dell’ultima parte, che ha un ottimo ritmo, il libro presenta un’azione molto lenta (succedono relativamente poche cose per un libro di 376 pagine scritte in caratteri microscopici) e nel contempo non riesce sempre a tenere il lettore interessato con elementi nuovi e originali.L’ultimo capitolo, però, è molto carino e risolleva il mio giudizio sul libro.Who killed Edward Kitchener?The second book in the Greg Mandel Trilogy is in some ways a proper mystery. All the elements are there: one dead, a secluded place, a small number of possible culprits, many of which would have a good reason to kill him, and apparently no one of them did it. To figure out who the murderer is, you must choose the least likely, but can in no way imagine what lies beneath. The sci-fi element is what makes the magic, leaving you speechless.As always in Hamilton’s books the characters are believable and tridimensional, and even likeable. His elegant prose involves you, transporting you inside their mind and showing the reality through their eyes.The novel, however, does not stand comparison with the first. Once the surprise after discovering and understanding Mandel’s abilities, given to him by his gland, is over, the author had to create a new story unrelated to the previous one, so that the novel could be a standalone. This is made possible by the numerous recaps on past events and the historical and political situation, which on the one hand slow down the book and the other bore the reader who had already endured all those explanations in “Mindstar Rising”. I understand the need to put them, but not to make them so long. Even if the intricate case treated in this novel is completely new, I found too many similar elements to the previous book that caused me a sense of déjà-vu. There are too many descriptions. In the first book they were essential, because the reader was experiencing a new world. In the second they become annoying. In general, with the exception of the last part, which has an excellent pace, the book shows a very slow action (relatively few things happen for a book of 376 pages written in small print) and at the same time is not always able to keep the reader interested with new and original elements.However, the last chapter is very nice and improved my judgment on the book.

  • Roddy Williams
    2018-10-27 04:31

    ‘Dr Edward Kitchener, a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology for the Event Horizon conglomerate… but no good to anyone now, lying dead with his lungs spread out on either side of his open chest.The security system at Launde Abbey was premier-grade, yet a mercenary could still have got through, and plenty of people anxious to stop Kitchener’s work would pay the killer’s fee. But why would a professional waste time in ritually slaughtering the target?Something doesn’t gel here. Was Kitchener a victim of industrial espionage, of personal vengeance, or of some crime of passion perpetrated by one of his students?Event Horizon needs to know fast, so Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch himself on a convoluted trail involving confrontation with a past which – according to Kitcher’s theories – might never have happened.’Blurb from the 1996 Pan paperback editionGreg Mandel is once more persuaded to leave his farm and use his special interrogatory talents and techniques. Dr Edward Kitchener has been found in his home, ritually slaughtered with the MO of a serial killer. The house was thoroughly secure, however, and the killer in question locked up in a secure facility at the time of the murder. The only possible suspects were Kitchener’s six students. Greg, via his empathic gland, has already determined they are all innocent.One has to applaud Hamilton for not only creating a page-turning sequel to Mindstar Rising, but also for placing it in such a realistic setting with a detailed back story.Hamilton’s Britain is about thirty years ahead of when he wrote this. The ice-caps have melted, the sea level has risen, Britain has shrunk to a shadow of its former self and is recovering from several years of dictatorial rule by the People’s Socialist Party and their thuggish black-shirted People’s Constables.The novel begins in fact with Greg having to rescue a neighbour in his village from a lynch mob who believe him to be ex-PSP, which sets the tone very well for the background of the story.Hamilton still seems to be finding his feet plotwise, since it’s not that difficult to guess how Kitchener was murdered, although the why of it thankfully remains a mystery to the end. As a kind of light relief counter-tale to the main plot Julia Evans plots to bring down a media commentator who seems to revel in criticising Julia’s choice of outfits for public appearances.What is exceptional about this book, and in a sense heralds Hamilton’s later work and his multi-character epics, is the characterisation. He does seem here to have a gift for bringing personality and individuality to even the smallest characters.Once again, perhaps the only failing in the novel is that Greg Mandel is just too damned happy. He has his own farm, a gorgeous wife, the friendship and patronage of the richest woman in Europe and everyone likes him, apart from those who are a tad nervous of his spooky Jedi mindtricks.A little traditional gumshoe loneliness and angst might have made Mandel’s character more convincing and enhanced the sexual tension between Julia and himself, but it’s a small quibble. The book is a solid and enjoyable piece of work.

  • Pamela
    2018-11-07 05:33

    Hmmm, more like 2.5 stars. I enjoyed the story a lot, although it got a bit convoluted near the end. Other reviewers seemed to take issue with Hamilton's political agenda. I'm the first to admit that I'm not completely up to speed on Marxism vs. consumerism/capitalism and implications for future society.Wow, that sounded like a horribly pretentious sentence. Hence my non-involvement with all that stuff *waves hands vaguely*.Anyway, my main beef with this is Hamilton's portrayal of women, particularly the links he draws between their physical appearance and their worth. But let's get back to that in a moment--quick rundown:Greg Mandel is a psychic who gained his espersense (ESP) as part of a military experiment to create psychic soldiers. The story takes place in the near-ish future. Global warming has flooded parts of England and turned the climate from rainy and cool to something akin to southeast Asia, with monsoons and everything. The country is recovering from ten years of rule by the PSP, or People's Socialist Party, which passed itself off as socialist, but was really an autocratic regime. In the aftermath of the PSP's collapse, a business called Event Horizon has gained a ton of power. It's leader/president/owner/CEO/what-have-you is the very young (but of course very smart and very beautiful) Julia Evans, who was a character in the first book in this series. She calls on Greg Mandel and his (naturally very beautiful and smart) with Eleanor to find the murderer of a scientist her company was funding. Of course, things are not as they seem, etc. It's a murder mystery with a psychic twist. I would classify this as sci-fi lite.As I mentioned, I take issue with Hamilton's portrayal of women. Julia Evans is, basically, a maneater who discards lovers like used tissues and only cares about what her clothes look like on TV. Eleanor is smart, yes, but she is also very sexy and absolutely brilliant at sexytimes with Greg. Gabriel, a psychic solider like Greg, used to be able to see the possible future (precognition) but had her espersense glad removed. She used to be slightly overweight and dowdy. Characters state that she's "let herself go" and must hate herself if she's not conforming to the beauty ideal. Gabriel is witty, nasty, and realistic--I like her. How is the way she looks in any way related to her worth as a person? Oh, right, I forgot--the author of this book is a male who buys into modern "beauty" standards. Hamilton also really likes talking about sexytimes. Usually they are ridiculous and voyeuristic, with no addition to the story at all. They are, well, kind of icky, so I tend to skim over those bits.I'm really torn here, because I like a lot of the characters, and I like the concept and the story, just not some of the underlying themes. I do plan on reading The Nano Flower, which is the last book in this trilogy.

  • Greg
    2018-10-21 22:35

    A QUANTUM MURDER is book 2 in the terrifically written, fast paced, excellent sci fi series of Detective Novels featuring psi - enhanced agent Greg Mandel. This time around, murder is afoot with the grisly demise of Academic Genius Dr Edward Kitchener, found torn to shreds in the bedroom of his exclusive manor and resort for fellow academics who are under the watchful eye of Kitchener as they finish their studies.It turns out, however, that Kitchener was working on a top secret project for the much acclaimed Event Horizons conglomerate. So top secret, in fact, that even Julia Evans wasn’t on the know. And it turns out that the project in question related to wormhole discovery, FTL Travel and the commercialisation of space. We ain’t playing with Monopoly money any more, kids. So with Event Horizons linked to the murder, the obvious presumptions of murder aren’t quite as valid as they appeared a few moments ago, so one has to think in terms of industrial espionage and all of the drama that brings to the stage. The book is a joy to read. Those with a love for all things science fiction in their souls will find their heart rates jumping as they finish chapter three, when the true nature of the book is revealed. Lovers of the classic crime novel, however, will also get their money’s worth, as the book on one level is a classic whodunit. But the book is so much more than the sum of its parts. Characters grow and develop. Friendships are made. Enemies are sworn. The true brilliance of the author’s imagination is on display with just about every page, every flash of insight he blesses the reader with, and every major and minor plot twist he uses to keep us enthralled until the very last page. I must admit that the opening two or three chapters were a trifle slow, but once the body was discovered, even the few twists and turns merged into the story leading up to that point, the reader knew they were holding something truly special in their hands. And of course none of the magic lets up until the story’s end. And even then, it is bound to stay in your consciousness for weeks after you have stopped reading.The major question I have for Mr Hamilton at this stage, is not whodunit, but whenisit? That is, when is Book Four Of the Greg Meandel series coming out please? I said please!Full marks for this fantastic novel.

  • Simon Mcleish
    2018-11-11 22:24

    Originally published on my blog here in October 2000.Though slow in getting started, Hamilton's second science fiction mystery featuring psychic detective Greg Mandel turns into an interesting piece of detection. Like the others, it is set in a post-global warming, post-socialist dictatorship Britain, much of the novel taking place in an area fairly familiar to me, around Oakham and Peterborough. Seeing the familiar transformed as Hamilton has done here is quite strange; the idea that parts of Belfast might be centres of paramilitary activity is reasonably easy to accept today, but not that the same might become true of Peterborough housing estates.The murder to be investigated takes place at Launde Abbey, a stately home now used as a centre for research in theoretical physics loosely attached to Cambridge University. Six or seven young students are given the opportunity to work with famous cosmologist Dr Edward Kitchener, and it is he who is murdered, during a night when a storm cuts the house off from the outside world.It proves a strange case, for though Kitchener's research might make him a target for assassination by a rival industrial concern, it is hard to see how an outsider could get into the house (the only road is flooded and the storm prevented aircraft from reaching it), and a professional would be unlikely to mutilate the body in the way that Kitchener's corpse has been. The mutilation matches the modus operandi of a convicted serial killer, but he was safely in a criminal asylum on the night of the murder. The mutilation also makes the students in the house unlikely suspects, even though Kitchener caused tension be seducing all the young women he worked with.The puzzle is rather unfair, in a way that science fiction mysteries are often accused of being. The solution relies on not yet invented technology, so new that it is not even known to the sleuth (which makes things a little more equal). It is extremely unlikely that any reader will think of the solution in advance, and I am not at all sure that Hamilton actually pulls all the loose ends tight at the end.All in all, A Quantum Murder is a bit of a disappointment, too slow in parts and unconvincing as a mystery.

  • Kristian Köhntopp
    2018-10-27 02:24

    Wenn Peter F. Hamilton versucht, alle Modewellen von 1993 gleichzeitig zu reiten, dann schreibt er einen YA Roman, der in der grimmen Zukunft eines durch Klimawandel und Sozialismus zugrunde gerichteten Post-Peak-Oil England spielt und versucht, Cyberpunk zu sein. Wenn man dabei Worte wie "Cybofax" liest, dann ist das niedlich, aber Smartphones waren 1993 noch nicht erfunden, und Hamilton hat sie korrekt vorhergesehen, wenn er auch den Namen nicht wissen konnte, den wir diesen Dingen geben werden würden. Anyway, das mit dem Cyberpunk hat nicht so richtig geklappt - zwar ist England durch Klimawandel überschwemmt und subtropisch transformiert und die Zuwanderung von Klimaflüchtlingen hat zu einer Dekade sozialistischer Schreckensherrschaft geführt, aber Hamilton ist viel zu optimistisch und gleichzeitig harmlos-naiv als daß er korrektes Cyberpunk hin bekäme.Und so ist in seiner Welt Event Horizon, die Firma von Mary Sue, äh, Julia Evans, dabei, die postapokalyptische Welt zu transformieren und in eine bessere Zukunft zu führen. Dabei kommt es zu Verwicklungen, und in denen steht ihr Greg Mandel als Runner zur Verfügung.Mandel ist ein militärisches Mutationsexperiment und hat eine Psidrüse, die ihn zu einem Empathen macht. Nachdem er den Militärdienst beendet hat, eröffnet er also eine Privatdetektei und durch ein paar unwahrscheinliche Verkettungen bekommt er einen Auftrag von Event Horizon, den er natürlich so überlegen löst, daß er auch in den Folgebänden wieder engagiert wird.Die Bücher sind die Erstlingswerke von Hamilton und das merkt man - sie sind definitiv anders als aktueller Hamilton.Mit 22 Jahren Abstand lesen sie sich niedlich und auf eine distanzierte Weise unterhaltsam, aber man ist laufend dabei, über die Sprache zu stolpern (siehe Cybofax oben) und die Zukunft der Geschichte mit den Entwicklungen der Gegenwart zu vergleichen.

  • Duncan
    2018-11-13 02:16

    'No Messing' said GregHe said that a lot, and I couldn't work out what he meant by it.This is a Who Dunnit, but also a How Dunnit. The set up is an isolated research retreat where only a very few suspects could have comitted the murder. We are also persuaded almost straight away that none of these suspects had the slightest motivation or inclination to do so. However, rather than creating a tense setup where the reader is unsure who is telling the truth, I was pretty convinced by the setup and just waited patiently for the whiz-band explanation. I'll admit, when it comes in the last few pages I thought it was pretty good, but there was so much padding that it wasn't much fun plodding through to get there. And No Messing.I think I was fooled by the title, where I thought 'Quantum' would refer to a situation where we weren't in fact certain (dispite some rather gory evidence) whether there had been a murder or not. The back of the book seemed to support this idea. But in fact I think it's the legal understanding of 'quantum' rather than the physics concept, since Prof Kitchener was in deed substantially murdered.I like PFH and have read most of his novels (and aim to read the rest) but this was not his best. The characters are very weak and the plot didn't get interesting until about p330 (out of 350). Greg's character was pretty cold and uninterested and his wife Eleanor was nothing more than a sidekick. Julia Evans (gawd bless her) is quite reasonably focussed on a more important project and mainly gets upset that her fashion choices are slagged off every time she appears on TV. This was significant padding to an already slim book (extremely slim for PFH) as around half of the book was taken up by Julia Evans in corporate meetings about something not relevant for the story. 'No Messing' said Greg - again, but nobody was listening.

  • Alex
    2018-10-22 22:33

    "A Quantum Murder" is the second in the Greg Mandel series by Peter Hamilton. It is science fiction of a sort, in that it's a gruesome murder mystery that takes place in the future with all kinds of super neat gadgets but they can't seem to pave a road across the countryside to a college building and the police get stuck in the mud. This suggests a problem with industry so... how did they make and deliver those gadgets in the first place?It's a small inconsistency but it bugs me.The story goes like this... a group of college students and their professor are staying at a college annex... a retreat for exceptional students. There is a terrible storm that prevents anyone from leaving or coming in. The next morning the professor is found dead in a gruesome fashion, the way a serial killer had done 20 years before, but the killer is locked up in a mental institution not far away and there is no indication that the killer left the premises. This is a tough case and Greg Mandel and his psychic talent. But none of them believe they murdered the professor... which is a little different from saying they didn't do it. :-)It has a good ending. The novel is violent and sexual though not explicitly so. Certainly it is more tame that the first novel in the Mandel series. Nevertheless, it's not for kids. None of Peter F. Hamilton's stuff is for kids but in general it's good writing.I liked this novel better than his first.... "Mindstar Rising" and I might read it again.

  • Tamahome
    2018-10-18 00:30

    4/12 hrs - I was worried it was going YA, but now Greg is back and it looks like a traditional murder mystery.9/12 hrs - 3 hrs left. I'm not totally bowled over. I hope what I think will happen doesn't happen. It seems more mystery-y and less science fiction-y than the 1st Mandel book.All done. I think it's the least impressive of his books, and that's including Misspent Youth. Actually the murder solution wasn't what I expected. It seemed far-fetched. Maybe he left clues on the way, but I missed it because I got lost in the details. Or, to be honest, I also listened to part of the book with a 30 minute sleep function enabled while trying to sleep. There wasn't much action until the last hour. I guess Hamilton was going for a more traditional mystery. Elena was basically the domesticated good wife in this one. It's funny that he had Julie and Event Horizion in both books. It's time to get a new client. I know the 3rd book starts with a robot cockroach crawling into a toilet. I read it in a used bookstore. I hear it's more science fiction-y. I'll probably like it better.

  • Matt Schiariti
    2018-10-24 22:12

    High-tech version of Clue......and that's a good thing...Hamilton makes this more than just a near future thriller or even a run of the mill sci fi mixing genres he's turned A Quantum Murder into a good old fashioned whodunnit....just with better technology ;)When an eccentric but brilliant physicist is brutally murdered by one of his very own students things get very complicated for Greg Mandell. Normally something of this nature would be totally off his radar now that he's living the quiet life of a farmer. Unfortunately for him, the victim has ties to Event Horizon and Greg just can't seem to help himself when Julia Evans bats her eyelashes and says please.At the heart of this book is a great murder mystery. If you take out all the high tech and near future aspects of the book you're still left with a very good whodunit and that's saying something. Hamilton hit his stride on this one. While I enjoyed Mindstar Rising I think I liked this one even more because Hamilton is playing around in a universe he's already created and as a result the book flows a little more organically.Even if you're not into science fiction, this book is worth a try simply because it boils down to being a really good mystery with a colorful rogues gallery.

  • Peter
    2018-11-14 03:25

    A Quantum murder: ah the book that introduced me to Mr hamilton what a writer utterly superb the Greg mandel books are set in the rutland area and also peterborough its set in the none to distant future and global warming has caused sea levels to rise so that peterborough is now on the coast and most of lincolnsire is shallow water oakham (like many places)is full of the refugees from that time and greg lives in a former timeshare complex (where incidently i used to work) greg was part of a military experiment called mindstar and has a gland in his head which gives him (as he describes it) a foresite equal to everybody elses hindsite a murder has occured very secure Launde Abbey it would take a highly skilled mercenary to get in yet the body was laid out ritualy the facts dont add up enter of course greg brilliant book i read book 2 then 1 then 3 (there is no book 2 marking on mine)in order would be better but just be sure to read book 3 lastbook 1 Mindstar Risingbook 2 A Quantum Murderbook 3 Nano Flower and if u like these Nights dawn triligy will blow your socks off :)

  • Alain Dewitt
    2018-10-30 22:32

    The first Peter Hamilton I read was 'The Temporal Void'. I enjoyed it so then I went back and researched his catalog and decided to start at the beginning, the Mandel trilogy. This is the second of the Mandel trilogy.I guess I would classify it as proto-cyberpunk. It's set in a post-Global Warming England. The New Conservatives have come to power after the excesses of a leftist regime. (I find it curious that Hamilton took heat for suggesting a leftist regime - a fictitious one, at that - could do such a thing. Especially given that leftist governments have by far the most blood on their hands throughout history.)This book brings back Greg Mandel, psychic detective. At the behest of Julia Evans, teenage billionaire computer industrialist, Greg agrees to investigate the murder of a famous physicist, assisted by his wife Eleanor. The problem is Greg's ESP is telling him the only person that could have done it, didn't.Hamilton writes well, and has an interesting view of the future. I enjoyed 'The Temporal Void' much more and am looking forward to seeing the evolution from the Mandel universe up to that in 'Void'.

  • Nathan
    2018-11-09 01:15

    A fairly straight whodunnit in a near-future, globally-warmed, corporation-dominated world. Main character has a couple of psychic talents and a group of particularly useful associates and friends. But as with all whodunnits, the answer is not as simple as it may appear.This is a bit of a 90 degree shift from the first Mandel book, which was all corporate intrigue and a bit technothriller. Here the story takes much less "real time" and thus it is developed with a bit more languor and detail, with more red herrings but fewer plot lurchings. I wouldn't say it is better, though. Mandel and his associates have not really changed their characters much, despite a number of years passing between books, and there remains some pacing issues and a little too much signposting, if you know what to look for. Despite that, still an enjoyable and easy read.Rated M for violence, language, sexual themes. 3.5/5

  • Joshua
    2018-10-18 01:33

    What I learned from this book (and entire series) is to not judge a book by its cover. Sadly, as superficial as I am, if I didn't know who Hamilton was, I never would have grabbed this book off the shelves. Who designs those covers? Anyway, about the actual book...This being the second book in the Greg Mandel series, it is a little bit easier to follow, though I still feel that Hamilton threw in too many new and confusing terms and events for a book this size. Throws off the flow. However, it was still a good mystery book, keeping me going with tidbits and clues. I still feel Hamilton does very good, believable characters and that is the one outstanding strength in this book. However, it just didn't truly grab me. I really can see that Hamilton has grown immensely in his prose since this book. Overall, not a bad read, but not something you stay awake at night thinking about the characters and story.

  • Louise Hartgen
    2018-11-07 05:11

    You have to love Greg Mandell. Well, at least, I do. He's tough but not brutal, he has a conscience, but he doesn't wallow in guilt and he doesn't have a huge chip on both shoulders which stops the story from going forward. He also has enhanced empathy and intuition thanks to an implanted psychic gland in his brain which makes him one of the best private investigators you can get in post-warming and post Socialism Britain.This is volume two in the trilogy, and it had a slower start, I thought than the first one, but apart from that, I have no other fault to find with it. Once I was drawn in I was totally enthralled. The cast of characters was engaging, the futuristic gadgetry was not intrusive enough to annoy anyone who does not like such, and being a person who does like it, I found it fascinating. I was very interested to see how the character of Julia Evans had developed since the first book, and I didn't guess whodunit, definitely worth a full five stars in my book.

  • William Powell
    2018-11-02 01:08

    Quantum predictability I so enjoyed the first book in the series.  This was a real let-down.  None of the twists and turns of the first novel.  The good guys had too much power and were never in any real danger.  A very ordinary villain who's only caught because he loses his nerve and forces a showdown.  The obvious suspect: apparently guilty then proven innocent by a new-physics rabbit out of a hat.  And the first book's teen heiress, who showed such promise then, proves to be a spoilt, image-conscious, superficial brat after all. It pains me to give such a low rating to an author whose other books I've enjoyed so much, but this book felt rushed, written without love or inspiration, to satisfy a contractual obligation.