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Title:
Made to kill
Author(s):
Christopher, Adam, 1978-
ISBN/ISSN:
9780765379184
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
237 pages ; 22 cm.
Series:
The LA trilogy

LA trilogy.
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General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

"A Ray Electromatic mystery"--Jacket.
Abstract:
Private investigator, hit man, and the world's last robot Raymond Electromatic is hired by a familiar-looking woman to search for a missing movie star in a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy with ties to a sinister plot.
Pub Date:
Tor, 2015.

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Summary

Summary

It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office -- young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra. And who am I? I'm Ray, the world's last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine -- after all, the last place you'd expect to find Hollywood's best hit man is in the plain light of day.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency--except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray's inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he's inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen--and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.

Ray Electromatic Mysteries
Brisk Money
Made to Kill
Standard Hollywood Depravity
Killing is My Business


Author Notes

ADAM CHRISTOPHER is a novelist and comic writer. In 2010, as an editor, Christopher won a Sir Julius Vogel award, New Zealand's highest science fiction honor. In 2013, he was nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel award for Best New Talent, with Empire State shortlisted for Best Novel. His other novels include The Age Atomic and The Burning Dark .


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The genre-blending trend takes an enjoyable turn in this hard-boiled-PI and science-fiction hybrid, which author Christopher describes in his foreword as being like Raymond Chandler's long-lost science fiction epic. The year, 1965. The place, Hollywood. The world, alternate (JFK is still alive, and the Cuban Missile Crisis is just getting going). The citizenry is doubly captivated by the Cuban Missile Crisis and a big Hollywood premier. Enter our hero, Ray, a robot PI. Ray is the last robot left in a world that used to be dominated by them. He has recently been reprogrammed by his supercomputer boss, Ada, to be an undercover contract killer, but with only a 24-hour memory tape, Ray is not sure how or why this happened. When a sultry starlet comes into Ray's office with an order to kill her leading man and a bagful of gold bars to cover the payment, Ray lands in the middle of an evil conspiracy with roots much deeper than the movie industry. The action, plot, dialogue, and characters are straight out of Chandler, while the science-fiction elements are reminiscent of the very best of that genre from the 1940s and '50s (think Philip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein). This first in the L.A. trilogy is a fun, fast read for anyone willing to take the speculative leap a must-add for most fiction collections.--Spratford, Becky Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Christopher (The Machine Awakes) merges pulp SF and crime novels in the pleasing launch of his L.A. trilogy. In an alternate 1960s America, Raymond is a robot PI, the last of his kind. He's hired to find a missing movie star with secrets as deep as Raymond's own. Raymond and his computer partner, Ada, would be at home in an Asimovian retro-future, but Asimov's three laws of robotics are broken with impunity. The pacing, banter, and descriptions are classic noir, yet the stakes are higher, as Raymond learns that future of the free world is in his mechanical hands. The robot detective is morally gray and instantly likable, and the limitations placed on his abilities help maintain a heightened sense of danger and struggle. Genre mash-ups don't always succeed, but this one will please fans of both gumshoes and laser beams. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

It's 1966, and Ray Electromatic is the last robot in the world. His cover is that he is a Los Angeles private detective, but in reality he works for his computer handler Ada as an assassin. Every night his memory banks overwrite, so he must rely on Ada to fill him in on his cases. His latest starts out when a mysterious woman hires him to kill a movie star, which leads Ray to a Soviet conspiracy. VERDICT Drunk on its own pulp influences, the most recent work from the inventive -Christopher (Empire State; Burning Dark) is an alternate history with intriguing ingredients that fail to jell. The noir tone and Cold War atmosphere clash at times, and the author seems to be uninterested in explaining his version of history-a failed robotic golden age that is long over when the novel begins.-MM © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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