Jean le Flambeur gets up in the morning and has to
kill himself before his other self can kill him first. Just another day in the
Dilemma Prison. Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft,
Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is a
currency, memories are treasures, and a moon turned singularity lights the
night. Meanwhile, investigator Isidore Beautrelet, called in to investigate the
murder of a chocolatier, finds himself on the trail of an archcriminal, a man
named le Flambeur.
Indeed, in his many lives, the entity called Jean le
Flambeur has been a thief, a confidence artist, a posthuman mind-burgler, and
more. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his deeds 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. In his last exploit,
he managed the supreme feat of hiding the truth about himself from the one
person in the solar system hardest to hide from: himself. Now he has the chance
to regain himself in all his power—in exchange for finishing the one heist he
never quite managed.
Quantum Thief is a breathtaking joyride through the
solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, ubiquitous
public-key encryption, people who communicate via shared memory, and a race of
hyper-advanced humans who originated as an MMORPG guild. But for all its
wonders, The Quantum Thief is also a
story powered by very human motives of betrayal, jealousy, and revenge. It is a
stunning debut. Download and start listening now!