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Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2017
This time Klem and Ralph are investigating a murder on the Fuse (a colony out in space) with terrorist implications. This case involves Klem's son, the Deputy Mayor, at a time when she plans to retire to Mars. Family plays a large part in this story and it is exciting and interesting to read
Just like any detective story, there is a lot of action and some clever deductions. Bloodshed and death ensue and all the mysteries are cleared up. Given that each volume is a mostly independent story, there's no reason why there should not be a Volume 5. Recommended to any one who likes a detective story.
Plenty of twists in this volume! Klem is retiring, but after her party, she discovers a murder. Upon investigation, the victim had ties to a terrorist organization. Klem's son, Leo - the assistant mayor, is accused of providing information to the same organization. And then Ralph is outed as being a member while he claims he is working undercover. By the end of the volume, Leo has been shot, Ralph reveals why he is on Fuse, Klem decides to not retire after all, and nobody shot the mayor. As I started, plenty of twists, plenty of info, and plenty of fun!
This volume continues the high standard of writing we have seen previously and rewards those loyal readers that have been patiently waiting for the payoff. All those little hints about a larger conspiracy burst forth and are tied up nicely. So much so that this could be the last book for this wonderful world. It would certainly be a shame if Johnston doesn’t come back to this marvellous setting one day though.
The art is superb as always with great colouration helping to set the mood of the moment.
I have always enjoyed reading the world of The Fuse and how it steadily built up the layers of the society but I think this one ran out of steam and the ideas were weak...formulaic procedural with no twists or anything really. Disappointing.