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A Quantum Murder

(Greg Mandel #2)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,512 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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 the ...more
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Published February 21st 2019 by Pan (first published 1994)
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Dean C. Moore
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ou ...more
Annise
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 fe
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Kenzie Lamar
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 doe
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Koen
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
“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 a
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Hx
Apr 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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 blood
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Kathi
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9/10
A science fiction mystery with enough surprises and twists to satisfy this reader.
Doranna Durgin
Recommended! Slow to start, but turned complex and fascinating, and inside a wonderfully complete imagination of a world after Warming.
Damon
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favourites
Really great detective story. It was a bit slow at the beginning.
Sara
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
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Craig Dean
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a poor mystery that telegraphs it’s revelations with so little subtlety that there are no surprises to be found.

Hamilton is clearly a paid up conservative and his politics invade his characterisations to the point of stripping them of any depth or nuance. There is no self-knowing to be found in these party loyalists; just a pure self righteousness that could be a prophecy of today’s divisive climate - if there were any evidence of it being intended to be so.

As far as Sci-Fi the book lack
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Costin Manda
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A Quantum Murder comes to continue the story of Greg Mandel, psychic detective. Does it sound tacky? I agree that the subject is not the best possible choice, but the writing is good, Hamilton style: scifi social speculation, action, a detective story that makes the reader wonder what will happen next and whodunit!

I personally did enjoy the book, but it wasn't even close to the latest and more hard scifi writings of Peter Hamilton's. Maybe it's just me, but mental detectives in a post apocalypti
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Chris
This is a strong sequel to Hamilton's first Greg Mandel novel Mindstar Rising.

Stylistically it's a seamless continuation from the first entry. And again, the mystery/detective elements are well laid out and fair for the would-be sleuth readers to try and piece together.

There were less divergent sub plots and less world-building than it's predecessor but it was enjoyable to pick back up with his cast of characters and travel along for their next adventure.

One slight misgiving I had is that in eac
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Sebastian Hetman
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story begs for more character development to realize its full potential. The world created by Peter F. H. is rich, filled with ideas, has this amazing lived-in feel to it, and is populated with a kick-ass cast of characters. But for some reason all characters begin and finish the story in the same mental state. When you get down to it nothing really changes.

Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty good read, but I feel like the potential of this world and cast of characters wasn't fully rea
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David
An enjoyable continuance of the first book’s characters. Once again an audiobook that is well done and as good as watching TV. Starting to get back my interest in SciFi and alternate histories. Far fetched - of course - but an enjoyable listen. Looking forward to the next one which is always a good sign.
Marianne
Though obviously not the first book in the series, in reading, it explains enough about backstory and characters to stand alone well.

Neat idea for a world. A bit excessive in explaining the scenery sometimes, but a nice popcorn thriller of a book. Near future war vet has leftover mild psychic powers, uses it to solve crimes in a recovered apocalyptic world.
Lee Belbin
Another SF convoluted whodunnit that is worth a read. Greg is back again, along with the usual complement of young beauties. This one was more convoluted than #1, so prepare for a bumpy ride. Expect parallels of Greg Mandel to Jack Reacher.
Seminoob
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Tony
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Peter Moyes
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greg Mandel, a psychic enhanced detective gets drawn into the murder of a brilliant scientist. Ever wondered what it would be like reading the mind of murderers? Peter F Hamilton takes you there.
I loved the characters, the story and the possibilities.
Daniel Christensen
A Quantum Flower 5/5
Ok. Our hero Greg Mandel and his buddies return for Book 2.

It’s a new story, but many features remain from Book 1. The main difference is that Book 1 was ‘adventure’ this is more overtly detective.

It’s another nice bit of sci-fi pulp.
Steven Willmott
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Pretty good detective story with some fun twists. A bit less heavy breathing teen fantasy than the first book (which is good!). Good entertainment without being mind-blowing. The characters grow on you. It definitely helps to have read the first in the series.
Jordan Ricks
3.5 stars. Fun series, but not as good as Hamilton’s later work.
John O'Neill
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. It moves along at a good pace and keeps you engaged.
Mark Renshaw
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as engaging as his later work but I do like Greg and enjoy his adventures.
Hannes
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good book, well written and tense untill the mental facility is introduced. from there on it becomes predictable but still good.
Venatici
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery, time travel, a cyberpunk future in a flooded Britain.
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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’e
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Roddy Williams
‘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 Kitchene
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Pamela
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, particu
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Greg
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 m
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Peter F. Hamilton is a British science fiction author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide, making him Britain's biggest-selling science fiction author.

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