The Real-Town Murders

The Real-Town Murders

by Adam Roberts


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Alma is a private detective in a near-future England, a country desperately trying to tempt people away from the delights of Shine, the immersive successor to the internet. But most people are happy to spend their lives plugged in, and the country is decaying.

Alma's partner is ill, and has to be treated without fail every 4 hours, a task that only Alma can do. If she misses the 5 minute window her lover will die. She is one of the few not to access the Shine.

So when Alma is called to an automated car factory to be shown an impossible death and finds herself caught up in a political coup, she knows that getting too deep may leave her unable to get home.

What follows is a fast-paced Hitchcockian thriller as Alma evades arrest, digs into the conspiracy, and tries to work out how on earth a dead body appeared in the boot of a freshly-made car in a fully-automated factory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473221451
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Adam Roberts is commonly described as one of the UK's most important writers of SF. He is the author of numerous novels and literary parodies. He is Professor of 19th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, London University and has written a number of critical works on both SF and 19th Century poetry. He is a contributor to the SF ENCYCLOPEDIA.

Table of Contents

Part 1

1 The Body in the Boot 3

2 Madame Michelangela 10

3 Dial 'C' For Caring 24

4 Civil Digestion and its Discontents 33

5 Derp Throat 44

6 Mastema 54

7 Flight 62

8 Branch Line 70

9 Hospital 86

10 Lez the Mis 94

11 Aperio 106

12 Bang 124

Part 2

1 Consent 129

2 Alf the Sacred 143

3 Cafeteria Blues 149

4 Drive, She Said 155

5 The Kennet and the Thames 166

6 The Drones 174

7 Vertical 181

8 Not Areas 191

9 The Woman Who Sneezed in Shakespeare's Nose 198

10 Strangers on the Terrain 208

11 Topaz 213

12 The Meaning of the Ring 222

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