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The Patchwork Girl

Patchwork Girl The Patchwork Girl is a story in Known Space by Larry Niven. It is the fourth of five Gil Hamilton detective stories and the first to be published as a stand-alone novel. It was published alone as a novel in 1986. It was later included in the Gil Hamilton anthology Flatlander.

In a break from his usual ARM duties, Hamilton is an acting U.N. Delegate on the moon, attending a conference on Lunar Law. The Belt Delegate, Chris Penzler, is shot by a laser in an apparent murder attempt. The shot came from outside of the window of his personal quarters, which looks out onto the lunar surface. The only person known to be outside on the lunar surface at the time of the attempt is Naomi Mitchison, a tourist and old flame of Gil's.

Gil believes Naomi to be innocent of shooting Penzler, but suspects that she may be lying in order to hide an equally serious crime.

Gil Hamilton Stories (novels and collections):

The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton (1976 collection) (Death by Ecstasy (Organleggers)1969, The Defenseless Dead, ARM 1976)
The Patchwork Girl (novel, 1980)
Flatlander (1995, coll.) (Death by Ecstasy (Organleggers) 1969, The Defenseless Dead, ARM 1976, Patchwork Girl 1978, The Woman in Del Rey Crater)

Comics

A.R.M. (1990, Adventure/Malibu Graphics), 3-issue mini-series, B&W. Based on the short story, "Death By Ecstasy" by Larry Niven
Written by Bill Spangler?. Art by Terry Tidwell? and Steve Stiles?
"Death By Ecstasy" (September 1990, #1)
"The Organ Leggers" (October 1990, #2)
"Heart Attack" (November 1990, #3)

A.R.M.: The Defenseless Dead, (1991, Adventure/Malibu Graphics), 3-issue mini-series, B&W

Related: The scottish writer and poet Naomi Mitchison.



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