Killing Is My Business A Novel by Adam Christopher (Ray Electromatic Mysteries #2)
Why I read: Robots!!!! Crime noir.
Book blurb: “A blend of science fiction and stylish mystery noir featuring a robot detective: the stand alone sequel to Made to Kill
Another golden morning in a seedy town, and a new memory tape for intrepid PI-turned-hitman–and last robot left in working order– Raymond Electromatic. When his comrade-in-electronic-arms, Ada, assigns a new morning roster of clientele, Ray heads out into the LA sun, only to find that his skills might be a bit rustier than he expected….Killing is My Business is the latest in Christopher’s noir oeuvre, hot on the heels of the acclaimed Made to Kill.
“Robot noir in 60s Los Angeles? You had me at ‘Hello.'” —John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling novelist on Made to Kill”?”
Ray Electromatic, is the last robot. He works as as a Private Investigator but as the pay is better he sidelines as a hitman under the guidance of a supercomputer, Ada. Every 24 hours his memory tape run out and he has to be reset by Ada with data for his current assignment. Here the action packed novel begins as we follow Ray as he begins his current task to infiltrate a gang and kill the boss.
This book is great robotic fun. A quick and easy read with plenty of laughs. Filled with robots, explosions, car chases, gangsters, murder and a huge dollop of noir. A crime mystery with little twists alongside the main plot line that keeps everything entertaining. There’s even a touch of “what does it mean to be human” philosophy thrown in. It doesn’t take itself seriously and there is a lot of tongue in cheek humour. Ray is a brilliantly lovable character, fun, witty and endearing as he overcomes everything the world throws at him.
I haven’t read the first novel in the series but this did not seem to matter at all I enjoyed it as a standalone book.
I’d recommend it to: fans of robots, crime noir, and anyone who wants a fun read to brighten their day.
I received a free advanced reader copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.