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KOP Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008

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Acorrupt policeman, an overgrown jungle city that gets only five hours of sun between 17-hour nights, and battling crime gangs set the extremely noir scene for Hammond's solidly constructed, fast-paced SF debut. In 2787, the impoverished colony planet Lagarto is a dead end, its economy destroyed by a trade imbalance that favors rich offworlders while natives go hungry. In Koba, Lagarto's largest city, aging street cop Juno Mozambe clings to the power and bribery gained by strong-arm tactics in his youth. His friend Paul Chang, chief of the Koba Office of Police, senses that rivals want them removed. As Juno teams up with new partner Maggie Orzo to investigate a murder by an apparent serial killer, he and Paul must also stop their long alliance with the Bandur cartel from being exposed. Hammond's writing is workmanlike with occasional terse highlights, offering rewards to fans of both crime novels and science fiction. (July)
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Hammond's gritty, futuristic detective story is full of morally gray characters, ambiguous alliances, necessary betrayals, and a lot of heart. In 2762, cops Juno and Paul harnessed the idea of organized crime to bring a kind of peace and prosperity to their impoverished colony planet, Lagarto. Working with the Bandur crime family, they took control of Koba and the Koba Office of Police (KOP). More than 20 years later, Paul, now chief of police, assigns Juno to a murder case that lands him in danger with the newly elected mayor. Behind a facade of purging corrupt government officials, starting with those at KOP, his honor is planning the worst crime of all. Lagarto is a vivid setting for this tale of hope borne of despair, a fully realized world as important to the story as the characters. Juno, the focal character, is a sympathetic, desperate hero trying to do what is right in a world where right is often criminal. Although the story sometimes becomes convoluted, it's a thrillingly dark read. Hutley, Krista --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765351366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765351364
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Warren grew up in the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Upon obtaining his teaching degree from the University at Albany, he moved to Colorado, and settled in Denver where he can often be found typing away at one of the local coffee shops.

Warren is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series. KOP was released 2007 to be followed by Ex-KOP in 2008. The third book in the series, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for Best Mystery.

Warren's latest, Tides of Maritinia, is coming soon from HarperCollins.

Always eager to see new places, Warren has traveled extensively. Whether it's wildlife viewing in exotic locales like Botswana and the Galapagos Islands, or trekking in the Himalayas, he's always up for a new adventure.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on June 26, 2007
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This novel follows Juno, a cop who could be located in Chicago, New Orleans, or New York, but happens to live on another world in another time. The dynamics feel familiar, but the new setting adds another level of interest an intrigue to this story. You could imagine Juno being played by Bogart -- a tough, flawed, but ultimately worthy hero.

I love the dialogue in this novel. The language, pace, and rhythm of the conversation feels realistic. The story moves along at a rapid pace, but still takes the time to get to know the characters. Most of all, Hammond seems to have some real insight into the way people think and react to various situations. There is a streak of optimism in his writing, even though the situations his characters find themselves in is pretty challenging. In that way, the book is uplifting.

I enjoy good crime novels, and I like good science fiction. This is a winner on both counts!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on July 23, 2007
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When I was growing up, I had two literary genre loves. I cut my teeth on the hard-boiled private eye fiction produced by Gold Medal, pulled to those books by the evocative covers drawn by Robert McGinnis (who could pass up scantily-clad women holding pistols?). I still pick up novels published by Hard Case Crime because McGinnis is still out there drawing some of those covers.

I also loved the world of science fiction. But I was torn, as most of us were in those days, between two polarities. Robert A. Heinlein wrote hard-edged science fiction that mostly came true over the next sixty years. Andre Norton wrote a more fanciful type of science fiction that didn't mire itself in emerging technology or social stratification that could come about because of it. She just imagined wild and fun places to plunk her heroes down in and give them villains to defeat.

There was nothing like a hard-fisted private eye on the trail of a strong villain when rendered in the muscular prose of someone like Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. Also, there was nothing like sitting back envisioning future worlds built and peopled by gifted science fiction writers.

I would read books in one field, then switch over to books from the other field. During those days, it seemed like the two literary genres would never meet. At least not successfully.

After reading the description of KOP, Warren Hammond's first novel, I knew I had to try it out. It had all the earmarks of the fiction I love to read in both fields.

The main character is Juno Mozambe, a corrupt cop that still has enough humanity about him to win over readers who are familiar with film noir. Juno could have stepped from one of those books or movies that came out when that top of tale was in its heyday.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carl V. Anderson on August 22, 2007
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Comparisons to authors like Dashiell Hammett and a fantastic cover by artist Chris McGrath were the initial things that made Warren Hammond's debut novel, KOP, catch my attention. It seemed to be just the kind of novel that I wanted to lose myself in, something with action and intrigue. Buying this book was money well spent.

Warren Hammond has entered the fiction scene with a stunning debut novel. Juno Mozambe, a dirty street cop who is getting too old to be the successful enforcer that he used to be, reluctantly takes on a murder investigation, and a new partner, at the request of former partner, now head of KOP, Paul Chang. The setting for this novel is the year 2787 on a colonial planet named Lagarto. Lagarto was a once rich planet attracting colonists from earth willing to make the 16 year journey for the promise of guaranteed wealth. Unfortunately the smuggling off-world of Lagarto's chief export crashed the economy and for decades the planet has decayed into a world populated by a few rich and many poor. Into this world crime and corruption flourished.

Despite those minor science fiction elements, KOP is gritty, hard-boiled crime noir at its best. Juno is your true anti-hero. He is a character that reminded me of Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue. Credit Hammond for being able to write a character who is likeable despite his surplus of flaws. As Juno gets sucked in to the evergrowing complexities of the murder case, the reader is treated to flashbacks to a time when Juno and his partner Paul Chang were mere beat cops and allows us to see their rise to power to the point of taking over KOP and making it the corrupt police institution that it currently is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Stugart on July 25, 2007
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Several reviewers have admirably summarized the plot of this fine first novel, so I will not. I'll instead simply say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like to think that I read a lot--suspense, true crime, horror, postmodern, science fiction, a little fantasy, non-fiction, even some Romance (note the capital "R" there). So the deft blend of a suspenseful crime novel with a sci-fi setting in KOP was a pleasant and surprising diversion. Hammond's voice seems to echo across the decades of 1940's and 50's noir cinema and into a bleak and oppressive future no one, particularly his anti-hero, wants to be a part of. He imbues the tired Juno with a brutality and sadness that we eventually come to understand as his story unfolds. Juno can be vulgar. He's often violent. We may squirm at his lifestyle, his methods and motivations. But in the end, we can't really blame him. Because in many ways, Juno stands as a paragon of decency on a muggy, brutish, corrupt and unforgiving planet. And even if we do hold him accountable for his actions, Juno and his world feel so uncomfortably familiar that we at least begin to empathize with him. And why not? The failing planet Lagarto could easily be any number of exploited, broken and embattled countries in our world today. The ultimate question becomes whether or not Juno will risk the life he's built for himself and the lives of those he loves to atone for a doomed planet's sins. Would you?

In brief: KOP is a dark delight with a conscience.
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