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Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 4, 2012
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"An unnamed telepathic hero battles bad guys and his addiction to super-drug Satin in this tightly written futuristic detective story set in an alternate Atlanta…. This crisp debut marks Hughes as a writer to watch." - Publisher's Weekly
"Well-paced and tightly written with plenty of suspense, this should appeal to fantasy and mystery fans alike." - RT Book Review.
From the Back Cover
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
I used to work for the Telepath's Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn't entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.
My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it--real scary.
Now the cops don't trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn't trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city--and I'm aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I've just had a vision of the future: I'm the next to die.
Top Customer Reviews
Our hero now works for the police primarily as an interviewer and battles his addiction. Because of a recent lapse in sobriety, he is not trusted by very many of the police officers he works with. But when he and his partner/mentor Isabella Cherabino are called to the scene of a recent murder, our hero recognizes that this has to be a crime committed by psychics. Besides being a telepath, our hero also occasionally has precognitive visions. He has one that tells him the he and Cherabino are in danger from a psychic attack in a warehouse that greatly damages Cherabino and kills him. He is determined to watch Cherabino even though she doesn't really trust him and hates the idea that he could be reading her mind. Our hero also has to work with his ex-fiance at the Guild when he needs information from them to track down the one who is doing the killing.
This was a tense, action packed thriller as the police and our hero have to track down a killer. The world building was interesting. The anti-technology bias and the rising power of the Guild were there in contrast to police procedures that would fit right in with any contemporary mystery novel. Psychic gifts from telepathy to telekenisis to teleportation to precognition were all present in this world. Those with psychic gifts were generally feared and avoided.
You will note that I haven't given our hero's name.Read more ›
Hughes's world is an interesting mix of old and new, a world of flying cars and noir-ish, steamy streets that are a fun blend of Chinatown and Blade Runner. The cat-and-mouse murder investigation between those who can both kill and hunt with the power of the mind is fascinating, and while Hugh knows how to unfold a mystery to be sure she never loses sight of her characters' humanity. She understands the nature of addiction, and has a keen understanding of the human condition with all of its desires, fears, and frailties.
Her take on telepaths and especially `mindspace' are very interesting (her Guild of telepaths made me think of Bene Gesserit a couple centuries before they went totally mystical) and I thought she did a really good job with the protagonist and not just his abilities but his weaknesses, his hopes, and the quiet way in which he pined for his partner - he never waxed on about her, he just knows every little detail about her because he cares, and he pays attention, and that says it all. Wrap that in a telepathic murder mystery? Good stuff. I look forward to jumping back into mindspace again.
The revelations of everything from character traits to world details and clues are revealed remarkably well. Too often I find this information feeling force fed and I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of detail here contrasted by the subtlety of the delivery.
This is simply an amazing first novel. I've pre-ordered the next book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sharp-A-Mindspace-Investigations-Novel/dp/0451465040/">Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Novel</a>.
It's nice to see that the next book already has a release date. It indicates to me that the author has a well conceived plan to match the beautiful story telling style demonstrated here.
Good read! I loved the setting and the world-building was excellent. For me there was slow patch at the beginning. But all in all Clean was an intriguing story, with a complex hero. I quite liked him. While he is pretty messed up, he came off feeling very realistic. As for the love interest (if you can call her that) Isabella Cherabino was a bit of a crab ass. From the moment she appeared, she rubbed me the wrong way. I didn't care for her at all. If you enjoy a good murder mystery with a dash of science fiction and urban fantasy then you'll want to check out Clean.
Generally speaking, "Clean" follows in the well-worn footsteps of other noirish urban fantasies. We have a sardonic supernatural investigator with a troubled past, a bad relationship between the investigator and the police, a potential love interest in the form of a tough-as-nails police detective, and a mystery storyline that touches that high and mighty, suggesting that a good many somethings may be rotten in the state of Denmark.
What makes "Clean" at least a little different is that it's set in 2130 or thereabouts, after a technological meltdown that wasn't exactly an Apocalypse or a Singularity or a First Cylon War, but was still very costly in human life. How do we know it's the future? Because people fly around in air cars, there are offworld colonies (I think), artificial organ replacements are routine, you're not allowed to create computer networks, and ... that's just about it. Our protagonist calls people on the telephone and goes to contemporary-style 12-Step meetings with his sponsor, the police behave and do their jobs in pretty much the same way you see on a hundred TV cop shows today, and most of life goes on as in the 2010s, minus smart phones and the Internet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has a wonderful voice, and I very much enjoyed the internal and external tensions driving the main character. Read morePublished 16 days ago by adrianne
I enjoyed this book! It started a bit slow and I found myself describing it as a not-as-good Dresden Files but it does differentiate itself and I will continue with the series to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ERIN
The story itself is quite entertaining, although some of the concepts seem a little familiar: consultant for cops, fiesty female partner, lack of trust with the cops, outside... Read morePublished 5 months ago by VK
Nice world building and an interesting main character. Definitely not your typical telepath/ psychic book. Will be buying more of Hughes Mindspace books.Published 7 months ago by autumnwind
Interesting premise, and fairly good character development. It went a bit long and the constant focus on Satin craving felt a bit much. Otherwise an interesting read.Published 7 months ago by Wanda Brothers
A friend suggested if I liked Emergence by Liberty Speidel I would like this. She was right. Hughes takes you on a great read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jan Lazo-Davis
Love this series. I hope Alex Hughes continues writing these characters!Published 9 months ago by Jeffrey R Rubin
A solid entry to this series, this is a good story with a few missteps. The setting is the future and 'tech' is mostly banned due to a tech war that is only referred to and not... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shodanjon