I can’t get into too many details of the plot without giving away anything critical, but I can say that the novel has an underlying philosophical bent in spite of starting out as a seemingly by-the-numbers detective story with some sci-fi trappings. It asks questions about the nature of consciousness, specifically the difference between a ‘conscious’ robot and a human, and how important those differences are if they are in fact present. The way it is handled makes for an interesting twist on a common theme, following a tradition of sci-fi authors addressing these questions that started with Isaac Asimov.
You also won’t find yourself reading this novel for shimmering, beautiful prose that wraps itself around your mind and refuses to release you from its grip. The prose is serviceable but it is nothing special. It’s not why you’re reading this novel, anyway. That honor goes to the characters that will refuse to leave your head, even when the novel draws to a satisfying close.
You can find Steven Lyle Jordan's page for the book here. He also has a blog that deals with some of the issues brought up in the book that is well worth a look.
[DISCLOSURE: I was given a free copy of this book to review.]