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Blood Orbit

(The first book in the Gattis File series)
A novel by

This science fiction police procedural pairs an idealistic rookie with an officer who uses cybernetic implants to process forensics; in solving a mass murder, they will uncover a vast conspiracy. Eric Matheson, an idealistic rookie cop trying to break from his powerful family, is plunged into the investigation of a brutal crime in his first weeks on the job in Angra Dastrelas, the corrupt capital city of the corporate-owned planet Gattis. A newcomer to the planet, Matheson is unaware of the danger he's courting when he's promoted in the field to assist the controversial Chief Investigating Forensic Officer, Inspector J. P. Dillal, the planet's first cybernetically enhanced investigator. Coming from a despised ethnic underclass, the brilliant and secretive Dillal seems determined to unravel the crime regardless of the consequences. The deeper they dig, the more dangerous the investigation becomes. But in a system where the cops enforce corporate will, instead of the law, the solution could expose Gattis's most shocking secrets and cost thousands of lives--including Matheson's and Dillal's.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Blood Orbit is crime-driven science fiction with crystal-sharp writing on a large, planetary canvas." - Kevin J Anderson

"Blade Runner meets The Big Sleep, as only K. R. Richardson could write it." - Jack Campbell

"A heart-pounding crime novel set in a fascinating future, Blood Orbit is a tale of law enforcement protecting the underclasses. I loved the world, and, best of all, I grew to love the characters. Well done!" - Brenda Cooper

"A clever, twisting, and savage science fiction crime story that fuses colonization fiction with genuine deep noir. The end result is original, culturally rich, and as ruthless as a novel about murder, secrets, and lies should be." - Warren Ellis

"Richardson has written a diabolically delicious twisty murder mystery set on a faraway planet against a backdrop of corporate greed, racial tensions, corrupt law enforcement, and secrets that refuse to stay buried. This is Criminal Minds meets Sherlock Holmes in space, and you’re going to want to drop everything you’re doing and grab a copy now." - Diana Pharaoh Francis

"Richardson creates a vivid world, a tense and gritty story combined with top-notch worldbuilding. A page-turner that’s hard to put down." - Yasmine Galenorn

"'Who am I?’ meets whodunit in a cyber-noir tangle. Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler would both recognize Richardson as a worthy addition to their shelves." - Laura Anne Gilman

"A deeply satisfying mystery that unfolds as expertly as Richardson’s dark and secretive Gattis, a planet I can’t wait to visit again." - Warren Hammond

"An intense tale of future crimes and the detectives we’ll need to solve them, deftly set in world as alien as it is familiar." - Jason M Hough

"Captivating space noir in the tradition of Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon." - Stina Leicht

"At turns both cyber-bright and grim as old noir, Blood Orbit is a clever procedural with a killer cast of cops and robbers, on an alien world that’s somehow very, very close to home." - Cherie Priest

"That thing they say about a book grabbing you and just not letting go? Yeah, that's the thing Blood Orbit does really well." - John Scalzi

"Richardson takes sci-fi noir to a whole new level by dropping you into the site of a massacre in the rough-and-tumble streets of Angra Dastrelas and never letting you catch your breath. Richardson paints a fascinating world with a lush and complex story of family, revolution, and politics. It is a heart-stopping rush of a story." - K B Wagers

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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: Blood Orbit (Gattis File)
Author(s): K Richardson
ISBN: 1-63388-439-2 / 978-1-63388-439-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pyr
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Kindle Editions

May 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Blood Orbit (Gattis File)
Author(s): K D Richardson
Publisher: Pyr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU