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I Only Killed Him Once
A Ray Electromatic Mystery
By (author): Adam Christopher
9780765379221 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Crime & Mystery Jul 10, 2018 Print Run: 15000
$33.99 CAD
Unknown 5.59 x 8.43 x 0.87 in | 290 gr 224 pages Tor/Forge Tor Books

A blend of science fiction and stylish mystery noir featuring a robot detective,I Only Killed Him Once, a stand-alone installment in Adam Christopher's Ray Electromatic mystery series.

Another Hollywood night, another job for electric-detective-turned-robotic-hitman Raymond Electromatic. The target is a tall man in a black hat, and while Ray completes his mission successfully, he makes a startling discovery—one he soon forgets when his 24-hour memory tape loops to the end and is replaced with a fresh reel…

When a tall man in a black hat arrives in the offices of the Electromatic Detective Agency the next day, Ray has a suspicion he has met this stranger before, although Ray’s computerized boss, Ada, is not saying a thing. But their visitor isn’t here to hire Ray for a job—he’s here to deliver a stark warning.

Because time is running out and if Ray and Ada want to survive, they need to do exactly what the man in the black hat says.

A man that Raymond Electromatic has already killed.

"Robot noir in 60s Los Angeles? You had me at 'Hello.'"—John Scalzi,New York Timesbestselling novelist

ADAM CHRISTOPHER is a novelist and comic writer.Made to Kill,the first Ray Electromatic mystery, was an Indie Next Pick. His other novels includeKilling is My Business, Empire State, Seven Wonders andThe Age Atomic. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in the United Kingdom since 2006.

Praise for the Ray Electromatic Mysteries:

"Gripping, funny, deadly and suspenseful."—Boing Boing

"The dialogue is effortlessly swift and clever, and even the B-movie climax is a spectacle to behold. Above that, though, Ray sparks to live, and his antiheroic slant only makes him that much more compelling and sympathetic."—NPR

"Humor, action, and heart: everything I've come to expect from an Adam Christopher book, and then some. A marvelous read!"—New York Times bestseller Jason M. Hough, author ofZero World

“Delivers like a punch from a two-ton robot in a zoot suit.”—Delilah Dawson

"Atmospheric and charming as hell. Adam Christopher has an extraordinary talent for scooping you up and dropping you into an alternative LA that feels just as real as the street outside your house."—Emma Newman

“Delivers like a punch from a two-ton robot in a zoot suit.”—Lila Bowen (aka Delilah Dawson)

"Hits hard, spins your head around, and leaves you stunned. So freakin’ perfect you’d think robot hitmen and retro supercomputers had always been part of noir fiction.”—Peter Clines, author ofParadox BoundandThe Fold

"Will please fans of both gumshoes and laser beams."—Publishers Weekly

"A fun, fast read for anyone willing to take the speculative leap--a must-add for most fiction collections." —Booklist (starred review)

"Unlike anything I’ve ever read—a weird and wonderful voice and we are lucky to have it."—Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling authorofAftermath

"Classic noir and robots are a perfect match. Part Chandler, part Asimov, and part Philip K. Dick,Made to Kill is a rip-roaring cocktail of smart, sharp, twisty, cyber-pulp awesomeness."—Adam Sternbaugh, author ofShovel Ready

"Made to Kill is just the sort of exciting genre collision that marks out Adam Christopher as one of the hottest new young SF writers."—Paul Cornell, author of The Severed Streets

"A smart, rollicking noir/SF mashup. One of the best books I've read all year."—Kelly Braffet, author ofSave Yourself

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