Made to Kill (LA Trilogy #1)
By: Adam Christopher
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley
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 a Hollywood’s best hit man is in the plain light of day.
Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, 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.
I saw this book pop up over at GoodReads and on NetGalley recently and I thought it sounded rather interesting, a mix of science fiction and a noir and old-school Hollywod glam. I got approved an eARC of this book to read just in time as I recently was going through a number of mystery novels, haha. This book will be available on 03 November 2015.
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Made to Kill was an interesting and entertaining first novel to a new trilogy. Ray was an interesting character: he’s obviously a robot, the last of his kind thanks to events and the death of his creator, but he’s pretty engrained to human society and social cues. Sometimes I forget that he’s a robot the way he goes about investigating what happened to Charles David and getting embroiled in some serious international situations because his quips were pretty snappy. But the fact that he’s a robot is also very useful when poking around places where it would be dangerous for mere humans.
The story itself was quick-paced and interesting enough, the assignment obviously larger than it first appears but fairly straightforward once it was revealed. It was entertaining to read and figure out whose side is all of the secondary characters are on, how all of the events connect, etc. Adam Christopher brings 1960s LA and Hollywood to life in this novel as Ray navigates his way through the glitz, the glamour, and the espionage. I did however expect the twenty-four-hour memory tape limit to play a larger role, but I guess not; that and I thought there was something more to Ada that perhaps she’s not being forthcoming about, but maybe it might’ve also been Ray’s own inquisitiveness playing a role there since the novel is narrated by him.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Made to Kill. It was a fun and intriguing fusion of science fiction and a noir mystery and a solid introduction to a trilogy. The characters were interesting, a little generic perhaps and falling to particular character/plot roles but I reckon Ray and Ada will be expanded upon in later books. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for something a bit different in your science fiction reading or you’re into genre mash-ups in your reading 🙂