Book Review: Recovery Man (Retrieval Artist #6) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Roc

Summary:   On Jupiter’s moon Callisto, a mysterious Recovery Man kidnaps Rhonda Shindo after he terrorizes and then abandons her brilliant thirteen-year-old daughter, Talia. While authorities on Callisto search for Rhonda, her employers at the Aleyd Corporation try to gain custody of Talia. Somehow, Callisto authorities realize, she’s part of the crime—even though she was left behind.

Meanwhile, Miles Flint is having a crisis of his own. In his murdered mentor’s files lies a long-held secret—one that could change his life. His investigation of the secret leads him to the Aleyd Corporation, into the middle of the search for Rhonda Shindo—and to a case that threatens the entire legal system that enables the Earth Alliance to function…

This was another good installment of the series. I didn't realize when I'd read the summary, I didn't realize that this was going to delve so deeply into Miles' personal life (okay, I didn't realize Rhonda and her daughter were connected to him at all). Once I got into the story and realized it, I really enjoyed it. Granted Miles doesn't actually get to Calisto until the last quarter and he never has a scene with Rhonda (boy was I pining for one after all the revelations) but the call back to their history was so well done that I can't really complain. Points also go to Aleyd possibly rivalling Wagner, Stuart & Xendor for most cravenly opportunistic and cynical employer. Unlike the Disty in the last book, I didn't feel I got to know the Geyonesse very well. Still, I liked the look in and could see their grievance where their progeny were concerned.

No Noelle here and yes, I missed her, but again, there was so much else going on that I can't ultimately call that a flaw in the book. Definitely recommended and I'm already on to the next one. I will miss this series when I've finished it.

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