Continuing with my catch-up of Alex Benedict, I have finished Seeker. This is the third book in the series, and it won a Nebula in 2004. It start out somewhat slowly, like the first two. Chase Kolpath, the narrator of the series (still no billing) is going through something of a slutty phase. But toward the end I can at least see what the award nominators were thinking about--it definitely picks up, with satisfying twists and turns. The characters get to show what they're made of, and there's even some interesting speculation on how a planet could be habitable in orbit around a brown dwarf.
I still have my objections to the series. Some seem to think it's a strength that he depicts society as pretty much unchanged over a period of ten thousand years. Just more spread out. Just doesn't seem plausible, especially for current speculative fiction. We've seen the pace of change quicken. But it's a decent story overall, and worth getting into if you are yearning for a mystery with some space opera flavor. I give it 3 stars. Next up is The Devil's Eye, we shall see what that brings.