The Third Claw of God

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HarperCollins, Oct 6, 2009 - Fiction - 100 pages
15 Reviews

Andrea Cort became a "war criminal" at the age of eight when an unexplained darkness invaded her soul.

Now, decades later, the Devil is calling her.

Employed by the Diplomatic Corps but secretly aiding the AI masters of the universe, Counselor Andrea Cort despises the powerful Bettelhines—unrepentant death merchants who have prospered from the annihilation of civilizations. Now curiosity compels her to answer a cryptic summons to their home world, where the only law is Bettelhine law. But a murder attempt greets her arrival at Xana's orbital entry port—and far graver peril awaits aboard the elevator transport meant to carry Andrea to the planet's surface.

Trapped miles above Xana—surrounded by suspicious Bettelhines, their slavishly loyal retainers . . . and a corpse liquefied by a 15,000-year-old weapon—Andrea must unmask an assassin or die an equally hideous death. But the true reason for her summons—and sordid secrets weaving through her own dark past—threaten to destroy Andrea Cort more completely than the Claw of God.

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User Review  - rondoctor - LibraryThing

This is more of a mystery novel, classic whodunnit, than scifi. The plot is set in the distant future. The only scifi in it involves the role of imagined advanced technologies as weapons. Starts slow and climaxes only in the last 30 pages or so. Intriguing reading but not exactly a page turner. Read full review

Review: The Third Claw of God (Andrea Cort #2)

User Review  - Joerg Grau - Goodreads

Excellent continuation of the Andrea Cort series, focusing on the brooding heroine of the series. As always with Mister Castro, the writing is excellent and the insights into human nature are concise ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Frank Sibila is educated to degree level, and started his Fake Alibi service in 2005. Adam-Troy Castro is a well-known author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror whose short stories have received five nominations for the Nebula Award, two for the Hugo Award, and one for the Stoker. In 2007 he and collaborator Jerry Oltion shared the Seiun Award for best work translated into Japanese, for their acclaimed novella "The Astronaut From Wyoming," His prior books include "Emissaries from the Dead" (first in a series of novels about interstellar investigator Andrea Cort), the Sinister Six trilogy, and nonfiction volumes examining the Harry Potter phenomenon and the television show "The Amazing Race," A full-time writer when he isn't procrastinating, Adam lives in Miami with his wife Judi and a motley assortment of anarchist cats that includes Meow Farrow and Uma Furman. For further information, including essays, artwork, fiction excerpts, and regular updates on forthcoming work, please check out Adam's website at www.sff.net/people/adam-troy. Elizabeth Hutcheson is a freelance features writer and photographer living in Ireland.

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