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Brain Thief: 08/04/11
Brain Thief by Alexander Jablokov in an issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction. I tend to add books mentioned in author introductions to my wishlist.
The book begins with the disappearance of a funder of odd ball scientific projects. This happens after she knocks out her executive assistant and steals a car. So Bernal decides he should find her himself as no one else understands her as well as he does.
As Bernal does all the narration, the book's scope is limited to what he is able to discover. It gives this book a solid mystery feel in a speculative fiction setting.
Jablokov writes with a densely packed turn of phrase, similar to China Miéville. Fans of Miéville's longer works will enjoy Brain Thief.