I was invited to the launch party of Harry Steinman's first book, Little Deadly Things. Harry and I met on Facebook; our common interest: positive dog training. The book is somewhere between SciFi and a Thriller, not the dog fiction I had anticipated. And it's self-published, which while becoming more the norm usually leaves me skeptical. The launch format was different - more of a panel discussion by experts who had helped him in his research for the book. I was intrigued. I bought a copy, Harry signed it. And then the fun began.
Little Deadly Things has one of the most interesting, complex characters I've ever encountered in fiction. Eva Rozen, the protagonist, is a brilliant scientist, and a completely flawed human being who was damaged in childhood which turned her into a monster. Brilliant in the field of nanotechnology, she has perhaps one friend in the world, Jim Ecco. She is far less friendly with Jim's wife, another brilliant scientist, Marta Cruz. How dangerous is Eva? The survival of countless people is at risk from her machinations and she is a mass murderer of stupendous proportions.
Set in the future, 2038 through 2045 with trips back to childhood to see what fractured Eva into the person she has become, the nanotechnology used in the book exists today. The author merely projects out to how it may be used in the future. Eva's only possible sense of humanity comes when Marta and Jim have a son. She cares about Dana and his future in the only way she can, teaching him science beyond anything he might learn in any school or university.
The characters are carefully drawn and pull you into the story. By the end of this page-turner, you are not only turning pages but breathing heavily as the book races to its conclusion.
Seldom is a new author so utterly capable of creating such compelling characters and even less often is a new science fiction author able to pull the reader in to such a believable and fairly complex plot.
I highly recommend Little Deadly Things by Harry Steinman. It is available in paperback and e-book, published by Alloy Press. If you like Science Fiction and/or Thrillers, run don't walk to get a copy of this book.
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The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation