Lyle Taney is a college lecturer who has written an unexpected bestseller about hawks. When she finds herself being pressed by private investigator Hugh Lasater to write a follow-up book about rare species of eagle she is at first reluctant, but allows herself to be pursuaded. While the book is genuine, it is also a front: Lasater is investigating Saul Werther, a man who he claims is a major drugdealer, and he wants Lyle to spy on him discreetly. Werther will not suspect her, and an important drugs ring may be smashed.
Lyle moves to Oregon and becomes Saul Werther’s neighbour. But when she meets him, she finds that both he and his young assistant are charming, cultured people. Lasater’s story begins to seem uncunconvincing, and when he realises this he admits he has misled her. Apparently the truth is that Saul Werther has made a momentous medical discovery of some kind, which he is keeping secret; moreover, whenever another researcher appears to be working along the same lines they disappear, presumably murdered by Werther. As Lyle works her way into Saul’s confidence the full story gradually emerges, and it is of a discovery so important that it will change not only the decades-old balance of terror, but also the entire future of the human race.
Kate Wilhelm is one of science fiction’s most versatile and stylish writers, and in Welcome, Chaos she has produced a gripping and thoughtful novel.
Titel: Welcome, chaos
Schrijver: Kate Wilhelm