Killer in the Retroscape: A Near-Future Mystery

Killer in the Retroscape: A Near-Future Mystery

by Bruce M. Perrin


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2019 BRAG Medallion Honoree

2019 Eric Hoffer Award, Honorable Mention - eBook Fiction

2019 Montaigne Medal Finalist for the year's most thought-provoking books

In 2068 St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Douglas (Doug) Michaels finds his lifelong friend, Josh Unger, dead in his home. When law enforcement concludes his death was a suicide, Doug and his wife, Ali, are dumbstruck; they wonder what could explain such a needlessly violent and lonely death in a future where such actions are unimaginable. Trying to unearth a killer, be it either flesh and blood or the cumulative stress of life, Doug creates a mental landscape of Josh's past, a retroscape, starting in the mid-2030s.

Among its landmarks are:

- An illness, sensationalized in the media as the "zombie pandemic" that drives a wedge between husband and wife, parents and children.

- Cryptic communications between Josh and an "after-life specialist" who peddles immortality services.

- A mysterious phrase uttered at the assassination of a government official that ties it to Josh's death 14 years later.

- Josh's machine-intelligence wife, Julia, who may hold the secret to his death ... if she can only remember.

In the end, determining guilt in a retroscape littered with suspects tells Doug more about humanity, technology, and himself than he ever could have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732083516
Publisher: Mind Sleuth Publications
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Bruce Perrin has been writing for more than 20 years, although you will find much of that work in professional technical journals or conference proceedings. But after completing a PhD in Industrial/Organization Psychology and spending many years in the research and development of advanced learning technology with a major aerospace company, he's now applying his background to writing novels. Not surprisingly, most of his work falls in the techno-thriller, mystery, and hard science fiction genres, examining the intersection of technology and humanity now and in the future. In addition to pounding the keyboard, Bruce likes to tinker with home automation and is an avid hiker, logging nearly 2,500 miles a year in the first six years of Fitbit ownership. When he is not on the trails, he lives with his wife in St. Louis, MO. For a closer look at his writing life, book reviews, and progress on his upcoming works, please join him at

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