Drunk on All Your Strange New Words

Tor.com. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250807342. $26.99. SF
In the latest from Robson (following Hearts of Oak), Lydia works as the resident telepathic translator for the alien Logi in near-future, post–First Contact New York City. The presence of her boss and his people are providing economic uplift after climate change cataclysms, which gives them outsized influence on human culture—at least according to the traditionalists who fear change and the conspiracy theory adherents looking for someone else to blame. When her boss is killed inside their secure, locked embassy, Lydia is the obvious suspect. In her amateur investigation to clear her name, she is drawn into a cat-and-mouse game of faked evidence, wild-eyed academic theories, selectively incompetent police, and the ghost of her boss giving her clues from beyond.
VERDICT Fans of John Scalzi’s Lock In and Brandon Sanderson’s Legion will be enthralled with this deft blend of murder mystery and science fiction. In the end, the motives for the crime are all too human, while the means, methods, and opportunities are all firmly part of this futuristic setting. Highly recommended.
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