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The Real-Town Murders

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The Real-Town Murders

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Author: Adam Roberts
Publisher: Gollancz, 2017
Series: Real-Town Murders: Book 1

1. The Real-Town Murders
2. By the Pricking of Her Thumb

Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Light/Humorous SF
Virtual Reality
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Alma is a private detective in a near-future England, a country desperately trying to tempt people away from the delights of Shine, the immersive successor to the internet. But most people are happy to spend their lives plugged in, and the country is decaying.

Alma's partner is ill, and has to be treated without fail every 4 hours, a task that only Alma can do. If she misses the 5 minute window her lover will die. She is one of the few not to access the Shine.

So when Alma is called to an automated car factory to be shown an impossible death and finds herself caught up in a political coup, she knows that getting too deep may leave her unable to get home.

What follows is a fast-paced Hitchcockian thriller as Alma evades arrest, digs into the conspiracy, and tries to work out how on earth a dead body appeared in the boot of a freshly-made car in a fully-automated factory.


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