The Plutonium Blonde

The Plutonium Blonde

by John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem

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The Plutonium Blonde by John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem

Zachary Nixon Johnson is the last private eye on earth (long story, starts here). And in the pop culture-crazed, deco-inspired world of 2057, that makes him a bit of a celebrity. It also makes him a magnet for trouble. In his years as a PI, Zach has seen a lot of strange things and solved a lot of crazy cases. But when the famous BB Starr, a former exotic dancer who is now the CEO of the world’s largest corporation, hires him to find her illegal, plutonium-powered, psychotic android clone, Zach knows that the weirdness of his life is about to get a whole lot weirder.

Once Zach takes the case, his life is suddenly filled with unwanted publicity, uncommon dangers, and unexplained assassination attempts. He realizes that not only is this case more trouble than it’s worth, but the mystery of the missing android is deeper than he thought.

Together with his beautiful, kick-boxing surgeon girlfriend Electra, his genius inventor tech expert Randy, and his holographic, sentient super-computer sidekick HARV, Zach must find a way to unravel the mystery, find the missing android, and quite possibly save all humanity from total destruction.

What some guys will do for five thousand credits per day, plus expenses.

REVIEWS
An excellent first novel in the style of the great Douglas Adams ... This novel can be universally recommended to anyone with a funny bone.
--Cinescape

Surprisingly clever ... spoofs the genre and everything else in sight.
--Science Fiction Chronicle (Best of '01)

A fast-paced science fiction noir thriller that has entertaining plot twists.
--Romantic Times

Fast-paced, witty and shrewd ... futuristic pulp for the thinking reader ... No one who got two paragraphs into this dark, droll, downright irresistible novel could ever bear to put it down until the last heart pounding moment.
--SF Site

A tongue-in-cheek hardboiled attitude .. good fun for those who can handle the concentrated doses of humor.
--Locus

Manages to blend the pulpy hard-boiled detective genre with pulpy sf for an entertaining read that pokes fun at both. The writing and dialogue is snappy and smart and the story is fast paced. I can't recommend enough for anyone looking for a fun twist on sf and detective novels.
--Pink Raygun

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625670489
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 06/04/2014
Series: Nuclear Bombshell , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 274,050
File size: 674 KB

About the Author

John Zakour is a humor/sf/fantasy writer with a Master's degree in Human Behavior. He has written thousand of gags for syndicated comics, comedians, and TV shows (including Rugrats and The Tonight Show). John currently writes his own syndicated comics, Working Daze and Maria’s Day, for Universal Press. He also has been a contributor to Nickelodeon magazine, writing Fairly Odd Parents, Rugrats, and Jimmy Neutron comic books. John also writes Simpsons comics for Bongo Comics. John has written seven humorous SF novels for Daw Books (the first, The Plutonium Blonde, was named the funniest SF book of 2001 by The Chronicle of Science Fiction), three YA books, four humorous self-help books and three books on HTML.

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Plutonium Blonde 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Trance More than 1 year ago
I'm a IT person and this book is hilarious, imaginative, and funny as all get out. The writing is top notch, the character development is great, and the tech teams make this a must for techies.
harstan More than 1 year ago
By 2057, technology enables people to drive hovercrafts and teleport to different places. The last private detective in the world Zachary Nixon Johnson, knows that HARV is a computer projection. However, that does not stop him from playing backgammon with it, talking with it or listening to it.

When HARV informs Zach that they need an infusion of capital to pay the rent, he reluctantly takes on the case of BB Star, ex stripper and now the CEO of ExShell, one of the most powerful conglomerates in the world. BB has a doppelganger named BB-2 an artificially intelligent android that is angry, psychotic and dangerous. She has a plutonium core, which makes her a powerful weapon that must be deactivated if BB is to survive. Even knowing that the press will hounded him, thugs will beat him, and he will look like a fool, Zach takes on the case rather than face living on the street.

Abbott and Costello meet a futuristic crime noir is the context underlying the amusing THE PLUTONIUM BLONDE. When HARV and Zach are talking to each other, especially during their numerous crisis, readers will laugh until they cry. It is impossible to believe HARV, the real star of the book, is only a hologram projected by Zach¿s computer because he seems so human. The mystery is fun too, but the entertainment and uniqueness of this tale are the relationship between the two stars (that is Zach and HARV not BB and BB-2).

Harriet Klausner