- Expected May 18, 2021
Daryl Gregory's The Album of Dr. Moreau combines the science fiction premise of the famous novel by H. G. Wells with the panache of a classic murder mystery and the spectacle of a beloved boy band.
It’s 2001, and the WyldBoyZ are the world’s hottest boy band, and definitely the world’s only genetically engineered human-animal hybrid vocal group. When their producer, Dr. M, is found murdered in his hotel room, the “boyz” become the prime suspects. Was it Bobby the ocelot (“the cute one”), Matt the megabat (“the funny one”), Tim the Pangolin (“the shy one”), Devin the bonobo (“the romantic one”), or Tusk the elephant (“the smart one”)?
Las Vegas Detective Luce Delgado has only twenty-four hours to solve a case that goes all the way back to the secret science barge where the WyldBoyZ’ journey first began—a place they used to call home.
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Gregory (Spoonbenders) constructs a clever mash-up of H.G. Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau, a locked room mystery, and the boy band phenomenon in this zippy but complex tale. The WyldBoyZ comprising five genetically engineered animal-human hybrids are one of the most popular boy bands in the world circa 2001. When Dr. M, their mentor and agent, is murdered in a Las Vegas hotel room, evidence points toward one of the WyldBoyZ as the killer. Now it's up to Det. Lucia Delgado to untangle a web of lies, alibis, and oversized personalities before a killer escapes justice. But as she pieces together the history of how the WyldBoyZ came to be, Lucia realizes there's more to Dr. M's death than meets the eye. The premise is catchy, and Gregory's exploration of identity and humanity through the lens of pop-cultural superstardom meshes well with the whodunit plot, though a glossed-over last-minute reveal goes frustratingly underexplained. Self-aware humor and punchy puns liven up the narrative, resulting in a quirky and entertaining twist on a classic. \n