Looks like 2017 is going to be a big one for me – I seem to have four books out this year. I have no idea how this happened, but hey, let’s roll with it.
First up is Standard Hollywood Depravity, a novella in the Ray Electromatic Mystery series, out March 7th from Tor.com in ebook and trade paperback. Set between the first novel in the series, Made to Kill, and the forthcoming follow-up Killing Is My Business, Standard Hollywood Depravity is a standalone story, albeit one with a couple of touches that link it to the main story arc.
“Combines classic Chandlerian noir with vintage sci-fi with brilliant results: Ray the Robot, a contract killer with glimmers of half-remembered conscience, will break your heart. Truly original, and deeply satisfying.”
— Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself
The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about.
As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go-go dancer’s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion. A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleeding out in a corner, and most of Los Angeles’ population of hired guns hulking, sour-faced over un-drunk whiskey sours at the bar.
But as Ray tries to track down the package he was dispatched to the club to retrieve, his own programming might be working against him, sending him down a long hall and straight into a mobster’s paradise. Is Honey still the goal―or was she merely bait for a bigger catch?
Just your standard bit of Hollywood depravity, as tracked by the memory tapes of a less-than-standard robot hitman.
While Standard Hollywood Depravity is a new story, readers of the ebook version will get a little bonus, as the digital edition comes bundled with the very first novelette, Brisk Money, which introduces Ray and Ada and their dirty little operation.
Out July 25th is the second Ray Electromatic Mystery novel, Killing Is My Business.
“Delivers like a punch from a two-ton robot in a zoot suit.”
― Lila Bowen, award-winning author of Wake of Vultures
“Humor, action, and heart: everything I’ve come to expect from an Adam Christopher book,
and then some. A marvelous read!”
― Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of Zero World
“Robot noir in 60s Los Angeles? You had me at ‘Hello.'”
— John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author
Another golden morning in a seedy town, and a new memory tape and assignment for intrepid PI-turned-hitman–and last robot left in working order–Raymond Electromatic.
But his skills may be rustier than he remembered in the latest in Christopher’s robot noir oeuvre, hot on the heels of the acclaimed Made to Kill.
Note that UK order links for Killing Is My Business are not yet live. I’ll update the blog when they go up.
Also out in July is the second Dishonored novel, following from last year’s The Corroded Man. It’s a standalone story, and while the title is currently a very closely guarded secret, I have a feeling fans of the Dishonored universe are going to be pretty excited about this one. I’ll reveal the title, cover, and full jacket copy once I have them.
The fourth book out in 2017 is the third Dishonored novel. More information, including the publication date, when I have it.
Phew! That’s a lot of books… better get back to work…