David Brin, Kiln People (Tor 1/02) The job of a private investigator has new twists in this future where disposable duplicate bodies make it possible to be literally in two places at one time. A richly complex hard-boiled, hard-SF mystery.
Rhapsody – Elizabeth Haydon. Regularly recommended to me so when i saw it cheap… And it is very enjoyable and rather fresh. The reviews of the following books are less glowing so I don’t know what I’ll do. (update: read some, could have skipped them)
Paul Johnston, Water of Death – I have rather enjoyed the previous two and this is just as good. (update: shame he no longer pursuse that type of stories, having gone to greek bleak thrillers instead)
Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion – tale of an ex-soldier caught up in royal politics, a curse, and the unwanted interference of the gods. As much as I adore her Science Fiction, her Fantasy is 50/50 for me.