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I'm trying to find a science-fiction novel that I read in what would have been the late-90's or early-2000's. The basic plot of a novel was that the main characters were investigating a murder that took place on a colony that was hovering above a super-massive planet. A couple things that stand-out though in my memory:

  • The male character was a native Australian from Earth
  • They had had their heart replaced with a mechanical one
  • There was a side plot involving an alien artifact that had been found
  • The murder was originally found near a pendulum in a park

Also, the conclusion might help as well:

The planet was coming out of a "winter cycle" and planet life was returning. This was being covered up since its discovery would have meant that the colony would have to leave.

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Not sure how I managed to remember this, but the name of the novel is "Anvil" by Nicolas Van Pallandt. From the Goodreads description:

The city of Kyara is a wasteland made habitable, a grand testament to the future's unlimited technology. But all is not as glorious as it seems, as one women has already met a sudden, violent death. Gabriel Kylie has come to this city to find out the truth about his sister's untimely demise. But this is a place filled with dangerous secrets - secrets that could threaten an entire planet...

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