Marlowe and the Spacewoman
Ian M Dudley.
Dark comedy/sci-fi and detective story.
This was the Goodreads Indie Book Club read (non-fantasy) for August.
This witty dark comedy sci-fi follows Marlowe, a Private Investigator, in his search, not only for his own murderer but proof the woman in his custody is from outer space and both their lives depend on the answer.
The world is Earth, sometime in the future, when the USA is now a collection of bickering warlord-led City-states, the Internet is illegal, Brussels sprouts are the staple diet, even the soap is out to get you and genetically modified parrots are Public Enemy Number One, a dark world indeed! There are subtle nods to a collection of other sci-fi books, if you can spot them, cleverly woven into the main story and the pace of the story keeps up throughout.
Marlowe is likeable character with an unpleasant past, but resourceful, brave, if cynical, and quite complex. His array of gadgets and AI style sidekicks, including House who is the sarcastic supercomputer who runs the house and many of his other gadgets, and brilliantly done. He was definitely my favourite character.
Nina is amusing, finding her way in the world of the future and realising the stupidity of some of the laws. She is a feisty, no-nonsense character out to prove her story, certainly NOT a girl in need of rescue.
The twist at the end is unexpected, witty and left open enough to be a cliff-hanger with a few other delicious hooks for later books scattered within.
All in all a good and enjoyable read with great characters and a darkly amusing world, which leave the reader hungry for more. I will certainly look out for other books by this author.
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