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The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
Cover Artist: Glen Orbik
Review by Colleen Cahill
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318343
Date: 05 February 2008 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Combining science fiction and mystery is nothing new; Isaac Asimov's Caves of Steel is just one example that leaps to mind. In A. Lee Martinez's The Automatic Detective, we get the combination of a futuristic, high-tech city with an underworld of dark crimes and shady dealings. Only a killer robot gone straight can save this city, with the help of a few friends. By joining bits of mega-science, hardboiled crime and occasional outlandish twists, Martinez takes us to a wonderful world that is new and yet oh so familiar.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can't catch a break.When Mack's neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire's founders -- not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.

(Source: Tor Books)

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