I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So very, very enjoyable. Ray Electromatic is the Robot's Robot of the dirty streets of LA Noir. Sometimes he's a PI and sometimes he's a hit-robot-for-hire, but what makes him really stand out for me is his memory issues.
He runs on RAM. Poor Ray! Every day, he comes back with the same template as before. Useful when he needs plausible deniability, it's a real pain when the damn mysteries keep coming back. And back. And back. :)
This one has a lot of fantastic reveals and snappy dialogue. Ada, the master computer who gives Ray his jobs, is out of the picture for a lot of the tale and Ray has to figure out who the next Job is on his own! Who does he have to kill?
Oh, the nightmare!
Of course, I was just happy that it could have been anyone because this is classic Noir, but the final reveal was very satisfying. And very SF. :)
I'm LOVING this kind of genre-mashup. Big time. The best of both worlds.
And I'm probably going to have to scream for more of this. It can't end here. We have to have MORE. :)
Sladek, Wells, Martinez... we need more like this!!! :)
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