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The Automatic Detective

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The Automatic Detective A. Lee Martinez Tor, Feb 2008, $14.95 ISBN: 9780765318343 Mack Megaton was created as the ultimate doomsday machine capable of mass killing his handlers planed on using him as the ultimate weapon of mass destruction leading to global supremacy. Instead something went haywire as Mack not only developed a conscience he was too kind to kill for profit. Now he drives a cab in sector of Empire City or what the Learned Council calls 'Technotopia'. When his neighbors the Bleakers vanish without a trace, Mack becomes concerned though they kept their distance. He decides to investigate to insure they are all right and if not save them. He is unaware that aliens seek the blood of Holt Bleaker because it contains a mutation that they believe will prove useful when they invade Empire City. However, if Mack learns of their treachery, he would prevent it, but he has personal issues as the evil psychic Grey has done something nefarious to his programming while robotic guru Lucia Napier tries to return him to his normal state. ---- This is a brilliant satirical science fiction Noir in which the zany cast lampoons several typical genres¿ standbys such as the little green alien mob boss. Mack is fabulous as THE AUTOMATIC DETECTIVE in a city filled with eccentric lunatics. Fans who relish something different will enjoy this well written amateur sleuth save the world investigative tale. ---- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Wonderful

    A great detective novel with a twist. A robot detective with a heart of gold, as it were. Funny, suspenseful and sometimes hard to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

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    This is a brilliant take-off on the hard-boiled detective genre but with a twist. The detective is a robot originally created to take over the world but a glitch in his programming gave him free will. Now he's all too human while he's on probation to earn his citizenship.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Great read....very current sic-fi detective story.

    If you enjoyed the Movie "Blade Runner" and the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" this is a must read. Well written detective story which blends in the android theme in a futuristic world with a touch of subtle humor. I'm certainly looking for more by A. Lee Martinez.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Very good

    I liked the way the main character seems develop a personality as the book progresses; it's like he is becoming more and more sentient. Scifi + humor equals a great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Not my favorite Lee Martinez novel

    OK, here's what I think happened. The shades of two 1950s authors, one from the 'hardboiled detective with a heart of gold' genre and one from the SF golden era were drinking and arguing in a sleazy bar in the Great Beyond. Both were waxing eloquent about how the others' genre was so much easier than their own. As the mugs of afterlife ale were swilled this evolved into a contest to co-write a novel with each of the authors writing in the others' genre, possibly with malice aforethought. Being professional authors (or at least their surviving egos) they couldn't stand to see this work not go into print, even though it wouldn't be credited to them. They knocked Lee Martinez' muse over the head and left her tied up in a corner while they used Lee to turn their ideas into a publishable work (you have to admit that Lee is a likely host for the strange.) Not my favorite of Lee's works, but maybe yours. Different strokes and all that - I just find parody hard to enjoy for a whole novel. It probably didn't help that I was reading 4 novels concurrently, one of which was a Garrett, P.I. novel by Glen Cook. Glen does a better job of blending fantasy and detective elements without causing the parody meter to peg. If you liked The Automatic Detective try one of Glen's novels.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Enjoyed the book

    Hopefully, he's set the stage for more. Elmore Leonard meets Toontown.

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