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The Psychopath Plague

(The first book in the Elias Kane series)
A novel by

Best known for his Elias Kane sequence about an intelligently moody detective and his superpowered sidekick: The Psychopath Plague (1978), The Imperator Plot (1982) and Paradox Planet (1988). The series seems incomplete; but, although a template interminability attends Kane's repeated assignments, granted him by the current Imperator who rules Earth and several colonies, the passage of time is clearly marked throughout: the woman Kane falls in love with and marries in the 1st vol -- whose deadly plague has been induced by aliens -- is murdered in the 2nd; and the Imperator who is beheaded, but remains alive, in the 2nd -- which concerns this attempted assassination -- has been succeeded in the 3rd, which is set on a heavy-gravity colony planet. A sense of potential interestingness pervades even the most convincingly unambitious of the author's works' (John Clute - Encyclopedia of SF)

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

November 1978 : UK Hardback

Title: Psychopath Plague (Hale SF)
Author(s): Steven G Spruill
ISBN: 0-7091-7108-0 / 978-0-7091-7108-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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February 1978 : USA Hardback

Title: The psychopath plague
Author(s): Steven G Spruill
ISBN: 0-385-13147-X / 978-0-385-13147-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

June 1986 : USA Paperback

Title: The Psychopath Plague
Author(s): Steven G Spruill
ISBN: 0-8125-5490-6 / 978-0-8125-5490-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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1979 : USA Paperback

Title: The Psychopath Plague
Author(s): Spruill Steven G
ISBN: 0-440-17230-6 / 978-0-440-17230-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK