Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Buried Deep: 2005 SF-mystery by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Buried Deep: A Retrieval Artist Novel (2005), a science fiction-mystery set on Mars, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The fourth volume in her Retrieval Artist series.

Pictured: Paperback original (New York: Roc, 2005) 372 p., $6.99. Cover art by Greg Bridges. Here’s the promotional piece from the back cover:

Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human woman who vanished 30 years ago with her children. She is believed to have been one of the Disappeared, outlaws wanted for crimes against alien civilizations.

To investigate the mystery of the skeleton, Aisha turns to Retrieval Artist Miles Flint. Following the trail back three decades and seeking the whereabouts of the victim's missing children, Miles discovers a deadly secret that could threaten the stability of the entire solar system...

Buried Deep received several positive reviews when it was published back in 2005. Booklist concluded that “Rusch's Retrieval Artist series continues to blend mystery and space opera satisfyingly in another stylish entertainment.” In a short review, SF&F editor and critic Rich Horton noted, “Once you get past the always hard to believe premises of these novels, they are nicely written, fast moving, involving stories.” Cathy Green of SFRevu wrote a more traditional review, concluding “Buried Deep is an exciting, intricately plotted, fast-paced novel. You’ll find it difficult to put down. Highly recommended for both fans of the Retrieval Artist series and newcomers.”


  1. Very good novel. It should be made into a movie.

  2. K.E., thanks for the comment. I love the cover of Rusch's novel.