- File Size: 1050 KB
- Print Length: 94 pages
- Publication Date: February 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U3WWN3W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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But this time, Charlie Madison has a new disguise, and he'll need it. There's an immaterial enemy on the loose and talk by the Feds of paranormal humans. When both the Mayor and Douglass disappear like the stolen bank silver and the Feds tighten their hold on Madison, fear of the Eastern Conglomerate invading the United World soil with super-human soldiers heightens the tension. It's a cat and mouse game with lots of action, adventure, and witty humor all the way through to a satisfying end.
Milo Fowler pushes the genre boundaries with ease and skill, blending crime noir, science fiction, mystery, and fantasy all into one thriving story line in his latest book, "Immaterial Evidence." All the great voice and style of his other works shines through with this novella and keeps you drawn in--you never know what to expect.
I recommend this book to all genre readers because there is a little something in there for everyone. The writing is clean, the characters are fun and rich, and the plot is seamlessly bound. I also enjoyed the humor, the fresh genre perspective, and intriguing adventure. For $2.99, this is an immaterial heist.
The protagonist and narrator is Charlie Madison, a gumshoe and war veteran who is still recovering from his mental wounds. He's old-fashioned. Doesn't use the latest communication gadgets and relies on his trusty snub-nosed revolver. His loyal secretary is Wanda Wood--a gum-chewing, leggy blonde with an astounding memory. She also makes great coffee. Madison's friend on the police force is Sergeant Archibald Douglass, an Irish cop who isn't on the Russian mafia's payroll. Sounds like the setup for a 1930s crime drama, but this isn't the San Francisco of yesteryear. Madison's city is part of the United World, a super-power in a cold war with the Eastern Conglomerate. Acid rain falls regularly and not far away is the ghetto known as Little Tokyo, where Japanese refugees from the last war have settled, though not happily.
As the story begins, Madison has fled to hide out in Little Tokyo under the protection of the Japanese mafia. Madison's previous case put him at the top of the Russian mafia's hit list. Douglass calls asking Madison to come back and help investigate a bizarre bank robbery. Hundreds of silver bars vanished from a bank vault. The video shows the bars going poof. Madison can't turn down helping a friend, but before Madison can even talk to Douglass, the Sergeant and then the mayor disappear as well. The investigation of a bank robbery becomes a crusade to rescue Douglass. Along the way to confronting the immaterial villains, Madison must contend with the Russian mafia and federal agents, known as Blackshirts, who swoop in to hush-up the crimes and put a favorable spin on events even if that means deleting a few memories.
Charlie Madison goes on a wild and twisted ride, gets knocked about, but never gives up. If you like hard-boiled detective stories, check out Immaterial Evidence. I'm looking forward to Madison's next case.
"Immaterial Evidence" represents some of Fowler's best writing and storytelling to date. The gumshoe hero, Charlie Madison, is witty but self-restrained; the villain is villainous without being over the top; the conspiracy goes deeper, and the 'mandroid' sidekick is, well, a kick. Humorous without being self-mocking, this tale is fast-paced, complex but readable, and clean enough for all audiences. Serious fun.
This is a stand alone story, but be sure to read the prequel, "Girl of Great Price," and follow-up story, "Yakuza Territory," to find out how Madison makes out in the end.
Another fantastic future noir tale of hard-boiled detective Charlie Madison. He's gruff and stubborn, but he's one of the few good ones left. He's a brilliant character paired with a well written cast. Glad to see his secretary Wanda is still there and ready to help him out. Along with a new companion, an android Charlie names Frank, they bring to light what cannot be seen. Lots of twists and turns in the plot, and I didn't know where to go or who to trust. Luckily Charlie is more clever than I am. That's why he's the detective and I'm just along for the action-packed ride.
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