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The automatic detective
A. Lee Martinez
Adult Fiction MARTINE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Martinez (In the Company of Ogres) tickles the funny bone in this delightful, fast-paced mishmash of SF and hard-boiled detective story. Mack Megaton drives a cab in the mutant-infested "technotopia" of Empire City. It's a step down for a massive killing machine created for world domination, but kindhearted Megaton has bucked his programming, and when his secretive neighbors, the Bleakers, go missing, he begins a search. Young Holt Bleaker has something in his mutant blood that makes him valuable to aliens poised to invade Empire City, and only a giant robot-a robot like Mack Megaton-can break him out of the fortress where he's held prisoner. Soon plans go awry when sinister psychic Grey subverts Megaton's programming, but he finds an unlikely ally in Lucia Napier, an outrageously beautiful and talented media star and roboticist. Eccentric characters, all of whom are clever twists on stereotypes, populate a smart, rocket-fast read with a clever, twisty plot that comes to a satisfying conclusion. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In Empire City, whose official name is Technotopia, free-willed robot Mack Megaton undergoes rehabilitation to help him develop social skills and eventually qualify him for citizenship. When the human family next door disappears, Mack takes it personally and sets out to find them-a decision that necessitates his return to his original purpose as a killing machine. The author of Gil's All Fright Diner continues his comic approach to sf, this time spoofing hard-boiled detective fiction as well as the "robot-as-hero" image conjured up by books and movies such as I, Robot and Blade Runner. Quirky humor, intelligent storytelling, and engaging characters make this a good choice for most sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Created to be a massive killing machine, but he changed his programming so he can earn citizenship; neighbors are kidnapped; journeys through the city to find them.

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