"Rajaniemi spins a yarn that ties old-fashioned adventure to cutting edge science without ever seeming contrived. The science fiction debut of the year, no contest." SFX "A brilliant debut." -- Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN "It is, at heart, a noir thriller in cosmic drag. In addition to its amnesiac antihero there's a down-at-heel detective and any number of femmes fatales. Wild SF concepts come thick and fast. Cities are mobile, spaceships are sentient, memories can be shared, and portions of a person's lifespan form the basis for financial transactions (time literally is money)." -- James Lovegrove THE FINANCIAL TIMES "The first line of The Quantum Thief promises a lot: humour, suspense, time paradoxes, philosophical puzzles and futuristic action, all tied up in a succinct and stylish knot. All this and more, the novel delivers. Inventive, exotic, densely plotted and compelling, this is an impressive debut." -- Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES "A brilliant first novel. The Quantum Thief, like so much of the best space opera of this century, is a prodigy house, where propositions are instant heritage, and arguments are eyeclick." STRANGE HORIZONS "The story unfolds briskly with barely a pause for breath, the plot is gripping, the ideas complex but thought-provoking, and there are all the requisite shocking revelations and intriguing plot twists you could wish for. The Quantum Thief is a bravura debut novel, a confident and accomplished work that reinvigorates the genre. It is easily the best SF debut since Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon." WERTZONE "Comes together piece by piece in the mode of M. John Harrison's Light - and it's every bit the equal of that modern-day genre masterpiece. Beneath the science, you see, beneath the staggering speculative wonder of it all, Hannu Rajaniemi has a knack for spare, no-nonsense storytelling that approaches the poetic at times. The Quantum Thief is a revelation, in the end, and make no mistake: we have here the sci-fi debut of 2010." SPECULTIVE SCOTSMAN "With its engaging narrative and characters backed by often almost intimidatingly good sci-fi concepts, it's easy to see why The Quantum Thief is being heavily, and deservedly touted, as the big SF debut of the year." SCI FI NOW The Quantum Thief is bursting with ideas and there sufficient action/battle scenes to slake any thirst for vicarious violence." INTERZONE "Serious SF disguised as a crime thriller with great success... a fun, addictive read." -- Anthony Brown TOTAL SCI FI "He's spectacularly delivered on the promise that this is likely the more important debut SF novel we'll see this year." -- Gary K Wolfe LOCUS "A wildly imaginative SF novel. Excellent." BBC FOCUS
Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy— from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.
Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turnedsingularity lights the night. What Mieli offers is the chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self—in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed.
As Jean undertakes a series of capers on behalf of Mieli and her mysterious masters, elsewhere in the Oubliette investigator Isidore Beautrelet is called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, and finds himself on the trail of an arch-criminal, a man named le Flambeur….
The Quantum Thief is a crazy joyride through the solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people communicating by sharing memories, and a race of hyper-advanced humans who originated as MMORPG guild members. But for all its wonders, it is also a story powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge, and jealousy. It is a stunning debut.