The Happier Dead

While I don’t often read sci-fi novels like this, this novel was interesting. It kind of reminded me of a sci-fi movie, namely Elysium, with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The book is different than the movie, but still has a few similarities. The story is one that spoke to me; in that it speaks of high cost medical treatments that are often only available to those with money. This is where the story takes a twist. The setting is London of the future, and it is a dark and discordant future. The characters of this book are all fighting demons of their own, some successful, some not so much. The main character, Rob Oates, has a good heart and soul, but carries his home troubles with him. This is a novel that is very intriguing, and somewhat uncomfortable, only because of the possible implications for the future.

The time: the near future. The place: London. The population of London is greatly divided; the lines between the classes are greater than ever before. The rich are richer than ever, while the poor are poorer than ever. The Great Spa of Avalon was designed to be a sanctuary of rejuvenation for the wealthy; in a place that is supposed to be the most secure in the entire city, the unthinkable has occurred. As Inspector Rob Oates is called in to The Great Spa to investigate, he’s aware of only one thing: there has been a brutal murder at the spa. As Oates begins his investigation, he knows he must walk a fine line between wealth and squalor. He also needs to work on his home life, but the case must come first. He knows the case must be wrapped up fast, but as the world collapses outside of the spa gates, what secrets will he uncover? Why was this client murdered so brutally? What was covered up?

Book Blurb for The Happier Dead

In the very near future the rich are able to extend their lives indefinitely, but the price of eternal youth is one that they can get others to pay. A political thriller, crime novel and stunning SF story.

The Great Spa sits on the edge of London, a structure visible from space. The power of Britain on the world stage rests in its monopoly on "The Treatment", a medical procedure which can transform the richest and most powerful into a state of permanent physical youth. The Great Spa is the place where the newly young immortals go to revitalise their aged souls. In this most important and secure of facilities, a murder of one of the guests threatens to destabilise the new order, and DCI Oates of the Metrolpolitan police is called in to investigate. In a single day Oates must unravel the secrets behind the Treatment and the long ago disappearance of its creator, passing through a London riven with disorder and corruption, where adverts are transmitted directly into the imagination. As a night of widespread rioting takes hold of the city he moves towards a final climax which could lead to the destruction of the Great Spa, his own ruin, and the loss of everything he holds most dear.

A political thriller, crime novel and stunning SF story.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 4.00