Includes a speical bonus novella Brisk Money by Adam Christopher
The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about.
As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go-go dancer’s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion. A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleeding out in a corner, and most of Los Angeles’ population of hired guns hulking, sour-faced over un-drunk whiskey sours at the bar.
But as Ray tries to track down the package he was dispatched to the club to retrieve, his own programming might be working against him, sending him down a long hall and straight into a mobster’s paradise. Is Honey still the goal—or was she merely bait for a bigger catch?
Just your standard bit of Hollywood depravity, as tracked by the memory tapes of a less-than-standard robot hitman.
Standard Hollywood Depravity is a Ray Electromatic mystery by Adam Christopher.
Ray Electromatic Mysteries
Made to Kill
Standard Hollywood Depravity
Killing is My Business
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Christopher takes the Electromatic Detective Agency's proprietor, Ray Electromatic (from 2015's Made to Kill), for a spin in a shorter story that lacks punch. Ray's boss, Ada, a computer that fills an entire room and fits the part of wry moll, sends him on a mission to kill a woman named Honey. When Ray stumbles on an after-hours auction (attended by powerful crime bosses and their minions) for a mysterious object, he and Honey are suddenly thrown together. Ray is an undeniably charming hero, and being the last robot gives him a melancholy, lonely air. The dialogue and Hollywood setting are spot-on for a retro, noir feel, especially when Raymond speaks with Ada on the phone and "she made a sound like those lips were wrapped around the end of a cigarette and taking a healthy draw." The story works up some decent suspense regarding the object up for auction, but the truth is surprisingly mundane. For series fans and noir readers who consider the journey more important than the destination, there's enough here to satisfy.