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She Murdered Me with Science (The Noel R. Glass Mysteries) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 8, 2017
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She Murdered Me with Science, by David Boop, $15.95. Noel Glass is a down-and-out scientist earning an occasional living as a private detective. He lives in the Little Osaka area of Industry City, an improbably large metropolis between Denver and Colorado Springs.
Glass has finished the plans for his great invention of a car that runs on water when the roof falls in. At first a wealthy industrialist offers to produce the prototype he needs, but at the cost of bringing back an episode Glass had tried to forget.
A microwave experiment became a disaster, killing the woman he loved and ruining his career. Shocked out of his 14-year daze, Glass sees that it may not have been an accident and could be the reason someone is trying to assassinate him now. He doesn't know if the masked Mayan warriors were sent by the CIA in addition to their regular agents, but Glass runs away from all of them.
He flees Colorado to Nevada and New Mexico, where he finds a beautiful blues singer and Russian spies. Along the way, he uncovers a conspiracy much larger than his plans for a better car.
Boop goes beyond the usual suspects when the conspiracy is uncovered for an interesting alternative history twist. There's nonstop action showing a love for private eyes, mad scientists and blues music. --Fred Cleaver, Science Fiction reviewer, The Denver Post, August 31,2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Focusing on Noel Glass, a scientist whose tarnished reputation leads him into the life of private investigation, David Boop's re-released first novel is a wonderful homage to noir and the fear-mongering of a 1950s America under the full effect of McCarthyism and the Red Scare. You can hear Noel's voice as he narrates Boop's love letter to hardboiled detectives and science fiction, even down to the antiquated slang that the author plucked from the time period. This is a gumshoe story through and through, even if it features radar-inspired weapons and conspiracies over the orchestration of World War III, and Noel's companions call back to the Green Hornet and other stories from the time period.
Of course there are ridiculous points in the story, from the reason for the central conspiracy to the romantic situations Noel inevitably tangles himself into, but that's part and parcel of the genre itself. Even if my eyes rolled during certain parts, those kinds of scenes were always part of the genre and I couldn't fault the author for their inclusion. Getting upset when Bond rolls up to a woman with champagne would be unreasonable, and She Murdered me with Science winks and nods at the reader enough times that the questionable scenes can be waved away as artistic flair. Luckily, the reader isn't left to mull on those scenes, as the novel's pace takes them from one scene to the next without letting them get a breath.
That pacing is why I read the last half of She Murdered me with Science in one sitting, as I did not even think about turning to any of the thousand other distractions within arm's reach. Noel's story twists and turns so often that the story is never completely revealed, and one scene flows to another that the reader couldn't expect just two or three scenes prior. I will say that one of the biggest reveals in the later book is obvious almost from the start, but it's one of those black marks that can be overlooked when taking in the scope of the entire story. The fact that I knew or could guess at that reveal early on didn't affect my enjoyment of Noel's serpentine experience, as the nitty gritty details of the tale kept pushing me forward with barely any time to think back on what I had already read, and just like I've mentioned before, it's one of those classic twists and tropes inherent to this kind of story. Every noir story needs something that big, and as Boop demonstrates often, She Murdered me with Science is his love letter to the form.
If you enjoy novels with a hint of sci-fi, noir affectation, or even just a well-paced thriller about 1950s Cold War America, She Murdered me with Science is a great way to spend the afternoon.
Which isn't a knock against the book at all. This thing moves like a train and doesn't stop until the last page, with colorful characters and crazy situations coming at you non-stop. And the dialogue! The writer talks about the research he did into period slang, and it shows in every page. I loved reading this thing.
I was a little disappointed in the final fate of Noel's water car (the bit of new technology that kicks the story off). It almost felt like Boop realized near the end that he needed some sort of closure on that point and dealt with it in the way that would be least disruptive to the universe he was building, so as to make the sequel easier to write. It felt dismissive.
But other than that, a great effort by Mr. Boop. Here's hoping there's a sequel coming down the pike soon. Also, I would have read this sooner if there was a Kindle version available.
It was Larry Niven himself who once said that it is a sin to waste the readers time and David Boop does not disappoint. From the extensively researched period slang to the science to the very funny humor throughout the book to the story itself I thoroughly enjoyed my time in his Universe. And then, just when I thought David had provided me with simply nothing other then an excellent reading experience he ups the ante by providing a quite plausible explanation to one of the mysteries of our modern technological society that has puzzled me for quite some time and which I had not thought of myself nor seen discussed elsewhere among other fiction or non-fiction sources.
Two thumbs up!
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I really like the main protagonist, Noel Glass.Read more