The Demolished Man Author:Alfred Bester By the 22nd century, telepaths are the elite professionals in a variety of well-paid fields. Government, medicine, the social sciences and many other disciplines and benefited from "Esper" contributions. Of all human occupations, only crime has not benefited from the science of telepathy. — All 111,000 Espers are exemplary citizens. As members of... more » the all-seeing Esper Guild, they are bound by a pledge requiring the highest of ethical standards. Wrongdoing is inevitably punished by ostracism...a living death for Espers, who need contact with their own kind in a way that others can never truly understand.
Lincoln Powell is a telepathic cop with a problem. The crime--murder. Powell knows the name of the killer...but not the motive. And worse yet, he can't prove his case to the D.A.m a crusty but fair-minded computer.
The Demonished Man, winner of the first-ever Science Fiction Achievement Award (Hugo Award) of 1953 for best novel, is a taut thriller of a mystery...and science fiction at its best! [From the jacket.] It was also nominated for the 1954 International Fantasy Award. In 1975, it was placed 14 in the Locus Poll Award for All-Time Best Novel. In 1987, it planed 18th in the Locus Poll Award for All-Time Best SF Novel.« less