Synopses & Reviews
David Sanger, an ambitious young physicist, attends a party at which a pompous older scientist, who just happens to have thrwarted the younger man's innovative ideas, is murdered. Suddenly it is not just David's career, but his life that is at stake. Are his ideas that important? Who's out to stop David from changing the world?
"When was the last time a book took you by surprise? Wil McCarthy spins a tale of murder and high nanotech, political corruption and outrageous gambles as an appealingly innocent scientist dodges through one of the twistier plots in recent memory. Think 'Hitchcock meets Heinlein' and you've got the idea of this whirlwind thriller." --James Patrick Kelly
"Wil McCarthy fulfills the promise of his earlier works with Murder in the Solid State. A taut, near-future thriller with a dash of Chandler." --Jack McDevitt
"McCarthy deftly blends the SF and mystery genres with a healthy dose of paranoia to create a fast, completely engrossing thriller." --Locus
This hard-science, page-turning suspense novel of one man's battle to save his life, career, and country in 21st-century America provides a Heinleinesque examination of how nanotechnology offers both the possibility of unparalleled freedom and the danger of inescapable totalitarianism.