Metropolis wasn't a bad place, but it wasn't a good one either.
THESE MEAN STREETS, DARKLY is the prequel to the cyberpunk, detective series, LIQUID COOL.
It's a world of colossal skyscrapers. Hovercars fly above in the dark, rainy skies and gray people walk below on the grimy, hard streets in the "Neon Jungle." Uber-governments and megacorporations fight for control of the super-city, but so does crime.
An average woman, Carol—hardworking and decent in every way— loses her daughter to the psycho Red Rabbit. Can Police Central find the girl in time—alive? And is it really a random, senseless kidnapping in the fifty-million-plus supercity?
There are a million victims and perpetrators in this High-Tech, Low-Life World. This is one of those stories…before we meet our private eye (and unlikely hero), Cruz, in the debut novel, Liquid Cool.
These Mean Streets, Darkly: A Liquid Cool Prequel (Short Story)
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Short Introduction to Series
This is a SHORT introduction to the cyberpunk detective series Liquid Cool. This is an introduction to the series and cannot can be read as a standalone as it ends in a cliff hanger.
The world that the author describes is futuristic with towering mega skyscrapers, hover cars and trucks. The setting is Metropolis and it is always raining. As is typical in these cities, those with money live "up top" in the taller buildings and the wealth and legitimacy of most businesses go down from there to street level.
Since this is so short, it's hard to figure out who some of the characters are and what they are up to. A couple of things that are clear. Carol is walking her daughter to school and her daughter convinces her to take a shortcut through an alley and her daughter is kidnapped. The police are overworked and can't spend much time investigating the case. Of course the mother is distraught and tries to do anything she can to find her daughter. She eventually meets someone who might be able to help her.
This is definitely a series that I want to continue reading!