The Ray Electromatic Mysteries return today with Standard Hollywood Depravity, a novella from Tor.com Publishing. This standalone story is set between the events of the first novel in the series — Made to Kill — and the second — Killing Is My Business — which is out on July 25th.
“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.
Standard Hollywood Depravity is out in print and digital – and as a bonus, the ebook version comes bundled with the very first novelette, Ray’s origin story, Brisk Money.
And if you want a taster, Tor.com has an exclusive extract from Standard Hollywood Depravity, right here.
Ray will be back in July with Killing Is My Business!