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Product Details

  • Series: Mindspace Investigations (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451465040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451465047
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel

"A fun blend of Chinatown and Blade Runner." --James Knapp, author of State of Decay

"A writer to watch." --Publishers Weekly

“Reminds me very much (and very fondly) of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.” –SF Signal

About the Author

Alex Hughes has written since early childhood, and loves great stories in any form, including scifi, fantasy, and mystery. Over the years, Alex has lived in many neighborhoods of the sprawling metro Atlanta area. Decatur, the neighborhood on which Sharp is centered, was Alex’s college home.  

More About the Author

Alex C. Hughes has written since early childhood, and loves great stories in any form including scifi, fantasy, and mystery. Over the years, she has lived in many neighborhoods of the sprawling metro Atlanta area, including Decatur, the neighborhood on which Clean is centered. Her work is dark, complex, action-filled and a little funny. Her Mindspace Investigations series has been called "A fun blend of Chinatown and Blade Runner" by James Knapp, and Publisher's Weekly called her "a writer to watch."

When not writing you can find Alex in the kitchen cooking gourmet Italian food, watching hours of police procedural dramas, and humming to delightfully obscure music.

Learn more about Alex and her work (and sign up for her newsletter for all the latest updates and occasional short stories!) at http://www.ahugheswriter.com/.

Customer Reviews

Then read this series and you will know what I'm talking about.....great stuff!
R. Giordano
Alex Hughes does such a great job of really letting you feel the stress and anxiety that Adam is enduring.
J. Hulet
A great, enjoyable book with good characters and deep emotional resonance on multiple levels.
Matt Mikalatos

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hulet on June 18, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sharp is the second full novel in the MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION series and is a direct follow up to the first book Clean. Adam is still struggling from the after-effects of his over-extension of his abilities at the end of Clean and is having a hard time keeping up with the pace of his work while coping with the never-ending craving of addiction.

A new case comes up, a vicious murder, and Adam is tasked to determine if there is some psychic evidence that he can add to the investigation. When Adam and Detective Cherabino get to the scene of the crime, Adam is stunned to find that the victim is Emily, one of his former students. Adam had destroyed Emily's psychic abilities through negligence while he was in the throes of his addiction and still an instructor for the Guild.

Mirroring reality, the city budget for law enforcement is facing serious budget reductions and lay-offs are imminent. Contractors and other non-essential staff are all being strongly scrutinized during this process. For Adam, losing his job and the essential mechanism that it provides for him to function with the challenges of his addiction is a terrible threat. Despite the lingering weakness of having over used his talents, the need to excel so he can keep his job is pushing him hard.

On top of all this the Guild has sent an investigative Agent to monitor Adam. Even though he is no longer affiliated with the Guild, this oversight is not only invasive of his privacy, but also represents a real threat. Adam's choices, while not a real threat to the Guild, are not always exactly in the best interest of the Guild. There is a real pull between his loyalty to the police force and the increasing expectations of the Guild that he will provide them insight into issues that they consider in their purview.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Clinton Eldrick Lewis on April 6, 2013
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This is the second book not counting the novella which you probably should read before this one. In this one we continue the pattern of dealing with Adam's past this time front and center is the incident that caused him to lose his Guild job. As another reviewer wrote this is a character book so very little action.

Good
1: The character is better in this one not a great deal but better in this instance I am talking about the fact that he at least has learned to talk back every now and then.
2: His powers come back in fits and starts by the end he gets it back only to lose it again but I have hopes that he will regain it before the next book comes out.
3: The world is built upon and some new characters are added. I liked the new characters especially Stone but again we get the weird schizophrenic thing going where he is likable one minute and completely different person the next willing to threaten children. I get where the writer wanted to go but the transition is way to rough. I did like the character concept and thought if only the main could be more like this guy.
4: There is one instance of him actually using his power to stop someone. I know it amazed me just amazed me when he did it.
5: Plot is much like the first one but still is fun to go through you can kind of figure it out half way through but you will still be hooked enough to finish the book.
6: The writing is solid with a good turn of phrase and the dialogue is good.

Bad
1: Okay I did not like that he lost his power if you are going to have a character with power then let him have it otherwise write a book about normal's. And to use the same plot device of him losing his power again is sloppy and lazy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2013
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Enjoyed reading this book series. Love how the main character continues to have such a deep internal growth towards a more positive life (even if it is not easily achieved) due to his struggles and experiences, especially his interaction with the people around him. Can't wait to read the next installment, whenever it is available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anyanwu Doro on May 1, 2013
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Hughes writing is up close and personal. The main character's first person narrative pulls the reader into mindspace with him. He is believably realistic, flawed, strong and vulnerable. I can't help but empathize with his situation and struggles. He is all too human despite his telepathy. The reader gets to look at all the major emotions with him from the inside out: love, loyalty, friendship, regret, forgiveness, guilt, revenge, self respect and that ugly little monster who lives inside us all: egocentric self hate. The plot is engaging, complicated and progressing in a larger series plot. Can't wait for the next novel. Thoroughly engrossing read. My mind feels raw from the experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LITERAL ADDICTION on April 19, 2013
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Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*Copy gifted for an honest review

It's almost difficult to put into words what this book (and series) have to offer... It's a first person Sci-Fi - told from the point of view of our flawed and yet utterly lovable hero - with the grittiness of Urban Fantasy, the pace and intrigue of a good mystery, and some wonderful action and romantic tension thrown in for good measure, all rolled into an utterly unique and captivating world where Technology is the big bad.

It was a refreshing and fascinating read, with similarities to The Dresden Files, The Asylum Tales, Lost Girl and Sookie Stackhouse, though very much its own beautiful monster. In other words, I thoroughly enjoyed it! :)

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Sharp 4 Skulls and would definitely recommend it to Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy readers.
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