Effect of the Gates
The science fiction detective Effect of the Gates is a finalist of the national prize Russian Rhymes, Russian Word, 2019.
The novel’s action takes place in our time, but the world is different from what we’re used to. Four years ago, the Gates that led to other planets appeared on the Earth. The people are still not used to the world being upside down, but a new shock has arrived: at one of the neighboring planets, a supervolcano erupted, and crowds of refugees rushed to Earth.
People are doing their best to help the new neighbors, but the Earth fails to manage the crisis and asks the interplanetary community for help. To discuss the matter, an emergency meeting is announced at the Goska planet, where one of the diplomats is killed.
The investigation is given to Detective Rask, who finds himself in a rather uneasy position. First of all, he’s terribly afraid of the Effect of the Gates, so interplanetary travel is quite challenging for him. Second, the main suspect is Alice, his friend from Earth, and he is yet to prove her innocence.
Translation to English is in progress.