The Mirror Man

Mira: Harlequin. Jun. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780778309642. $27.99. SF
Jeremiah Adams feels like a lucky man when he’s offered ten million dollars by his employer, ViGen Pharmaceuticals, to be cloned. The clone will assume one year of Jeremiah’s life with his wife Diana and son Parker, while he spends it in a secure apartment, viewing everything from a monitor for four hours a day with his assigned colleague, Brent Higgins. Jeremiah is supposed to report any differences he observes between himself and the clone, including when his dog, Louie, fails to recognize him. Instead, he uses the knowledge of the dog as insurance while he investigates what Dr. Charles Scott, the lead scientist, is hiding about the project and its wonder drug, the Meld. As he and Brent uncover more lies, the people in Jeremiah’s real life are put at risk, leaving him to wonder if the money is worth all the sacrifice, and if his real life will resemble anything close to normal by the time he gets out.
VERDICT This is a cloning story that reads like a thriller, making it accessible to fans of sf and corporate espionage.

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