The Dispatcher – John Scalzi

★★★★

In the near future, those who are murdered start returning. Their bodies vanish, then reappear, naked, in their homes; their bodies reset to the state they were in a few hours before their death. Only those who are intentionally killed are affected – if you die from suicide, accidentally or of natural causes, you die for good.

Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher—a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch patients in hospitals right before they can die on the operating table, and give them a second chance at survival. But when a fellow Dispatcher goes missing, Tony has to team up with a police detective to track down his former friend.

An intriguing sci-fi/ urban fantasy/ noir pastiche filled with Scalzi’s trademark humour and deft plotting and characterization, The Dispatcher explores the potential loopholes (and grey areas) in a world where murder is nearly impossible.

Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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