The Genehunter Case 1: The Wrong Tom Jacks by Simon Kewin
Simms is a genehunter, paid by megarich collectors to track down the DNA of the famous for their private zoos. He's employed to locate the genetic code of Tom Jacks. But not the rock star Tom Jacks, just an unknown namesake.
The job bugs Simms. Something about it is wrong. Someone is playing him. Problem is he doesn't know who or why. None of the illegal plug-in technology filling his brain is much damn use. The one person who can help him is an ex-lover, but she's also the one person on the planet who never wants to speak to him again.
The last thing he needs is Agent Ballard of the Genetic Monitoring Agency pulling him out of the jump network to interrogate him about someone he's never even heard of.
Fantasy/SciFi writer, author of over 100 published short stories, quite a lot of poetry and the novels Engn, The Genehunter and the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy. Short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Dark Expanse and many more. Member of the British Fantasy Society. Indie author (through Stormcrow Books), also signed to Curiosity Quills as a novelist.