A near future SF mystery thriller with a touch of out-of-body horror.
A serial killer with multiple personalities. An astronaut who returns from higher dimensional space a changed man. And two unlikely detectives who have to get inside the mind of a killer ... literally.
Astronaut John Bruce was the first man to pilot a ship through higher dimensional space. Two years after his triumphant return, a second John Bruce appears – as a new personality of Peter Pendennis, an imprisoned serial killer with multiple personalities. The doctors are sceptical, until he asks to see Louise Callander, the astronaut's former girlfriend, and reveals things only the real John Bruce could know.
Hyperpsychologist Nick Stubbs is brought in to investigate. According to the latest research, the mind doesn't just inhabit the physical three-dimensional world. It projects into the higher dimensions, and if Bruce’s brain had been inadequately shielded when he'd entered higher dimensional space...
Could a part of his personality have been torn away? And somehow attached itself to a new host? Nick’s initial scans of Pendennis’s brain are unlike anything he’s seen before, but before he can continue, the killings start. Soon Nick and Louise are on the run, from the police, and the killer, but how can they evade a murderer who appears to be able to walk through walls?
And there's an added problem. Astronaut John Bruce – or is it Mr. Hyde? – just happens to be running for President.
“Shift is an exciting and shocking futuristic thriller. The characters are original, and the imagery pulls you in. Incorporating heart-pounding suspense and an inventive twist of science fiction, I enjoyed this story even more than Dolley’s Resonance. This is another author I’ll definitely be watching.” SciFiChick
“SHIFT is a great science fiction mystery that will have the audience wondering who the killer is. The story line is fast-paced but brilliantly driven by the strong cast ... Chris Dolley mesmerizes his audience.” Alternative Worlds
“I think I somehow missed reading Dolley's first novel, Resonance, when it appeared a couple of years ago. It's an oversight that I plan to correct in the near future because his second is a very accomplished, intricate, and entertaining novel. There's lots of neat stuff in this, and the plot is clever and full of surprises. It's first class writing from someone whose name will, I predict, be much better known before long.” Don D'Ammassa, Critical Mass
“Shift is a really good science fiction story. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants something a bit different in their science fiction.” SF Signal