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05:57 pm: Deadly Silents by Lee Killough
Someone online mentioned this was a good book for understanding how telepathy would work with non-telepaths, but can I google them up? No. I'm glad I got the book, though. As it happens, I got a "new" (published in 1981, but not individually owned before) copy via Abebooks and it's signed.

The book starts with our protagonist Steven "Ten" Kampacalas meeting other police officers at a teleport to go to a planet that wants peacekeepers. This planet has the only other intelligent beings that Terrans have found so far, and when their diplomatic delegation arrived on Earth, they were made Silent -- non-telepaths -- because of all the people with everything in their head. As if that wasn't bad enough, a Silent mother will have Silent children.

So now Egar has crimes happening that they can't solve because many of them, they believe, are caused by Silents, and they've asked Earth police to come help. The future Earth is sufficiently violent that the officers have to learn to use other slang and call themselves less violent nicknames.

Ten is trained, makes friends, and finds a place to live. It's a little uncomfortable knowing that your neighbors know everything that's going on in your head. Then again, they're used to the things we'd hide. Ten finds ways to help the Normals and Silents deal with each other (Normals don't usually speak out loud).

Then besides the vandalism and such happening to the Iregara, cops start being murdered. Is it one of them? A Silent? Why would they be killed?

This turns out to not only be a really interesting premise on how telepathy would work and what would happen with non-telepaths, but it's an excellent murder mystery. I recommend it highly.

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From:mjlayman
Date:January 11th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
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You can put it on your list, if you want!
From:etumukutenyak
Date:January 11th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
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I remember reading this one years ago. She wrote a bunch of cops-in-the-future books that were pretty good -- including a version of the locked room mystery. It's really too bad she hasn't written anything in recent years.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 11th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I noticed there were others listed in the front; I'll keep an eye out for them.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:January 11th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
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I love Killough's Brill and Maxwell books. I got into them in high school when I met Lee Killough here in town (I think she still lives here in Manhattan, but I haven't seen her in years). When I met her in high school she told us all about how she wrote The Doppleganger Gambit, so I went out and bought a copy and loved it. When mom died a couple years ago I found my old copy of the book, re-read it and loved it again.

I know Lee published Blood Games back in 2001 or so, but I am not sure what she's published since then.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 11th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
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The man with the answers. :)
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 11th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Brill and Maxwell were partner cops? It sounds like a lot of people liked her books.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:January 14th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
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Yes they were. Brill's partner left for a colony on another world, and she got "Mama" Maxwell as a replacement. Brill was by-the-book, Maxwell tended to be unorthodox. Futuristic police hijinks ensued.

There are (I think) 3 Brill and Maxwell books, they were published in a collection called Bridling Chaos, now out of print but I just found a copy a few weeks ago.
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