Copyright 1992 by
Sadly, I can't remember when I read this book.
In a near future San Francisco, a serial killer is on the prowl. His
particular methodology is to bind his victims with silver chains. But the silver
chains he uses aren't just tied around the bodies. No, these chains are bonded
to their flesh. When he finishes his ritualistic murders, he dumps the
bodies in rivers and lakes around the city.
Tanner used to be police officer and still maintains links with the
Force. He has received some unusual information about the killer and he's
reluctantly working with Carlucci, his old Police boss, to verify it.
To get that verification, Tanner will have to meet Rattan, a cop-killing
drug-dealer, hiding in the Tenderloin. He's not a very nice person
and the Tenderloin is not a very nice or friendly place.
Rattan's reveals that the serial killer lives in the Core. And that's where
Tanner will have to go. The Core in the centre of the Tenderloin is worse by far
than its surroundings. The Police have no authority and maintain no patrols.
there is no longer any authority or control.
Meanwhile the charming Snookie, a thirteen-year old runaway, has taken
and interest in our hero. That may serve to keep Tanner alive amidst
the dangers of the Tenderloin but no one is looking after Snookie. That's
sad because she's going to need all the help
she can get very soon indeed.
This is a police thriller chasing a serial murderer in a punk future. As a
thriller it's not bad, it's the sort of book I'd happily read on a
long place ride. As SF how ever it doesn't make it and the combination
of the thriller and near-future SF simply doesn't add anything
interesting - it could be placed in the present without any significant
change in impact.
I'm pleased to say that Richard did much better with a later
book "Unto Leviathan" and the very enjoyable "Ship Of Fools".
Loaded on the 16th December 2006.