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The Automatic Detective

The Automatic Detective

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a Fantastic New Read By The Award-winning Author Of gil’s All Fright Diner

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martinez (in The Company Of Ogres) Tickles The Funny Bone In This Delightful, Fast-paced Mishmash Of Sf And Hard-boiled Detective Story. Mack Megaton Drives A Cab In The Mutant-infested Technotopia Of Empire City. It's A Step Down For A Massive Killing Machine Created For World Domination, But Kindhearted Megaton Has Bucked His Programming, And When His Secretive Neighbors, The Bleakers, Go Missing, He Begins A Search. Young Holt Bleaker Has Something In His Mutant Blood That Makes Him Valuable To Aliens Poised To Invade Empire City, And Only A Giant Robot-a Robot Like Mack Megaton-can Break Him Out Of The Fortress Where He's Held Prisoner. Soon Plans Go Awry When Sinister Psychic Grey Subverts Megaton's Programming, But He Finds An Unlikely Ally In Lucia Napier, An Outrageously Beautiful And Talented Media Star And Roboticist. Eccentric Characters, All Of Whom Are Clever Twists On Stereotypes, Populate A Smart, Rocket-fast Read With A Clever, Twisty Plot That Comes To A Satisfying Conclusion. (feb.)

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Author : A. Lee Martinez

Publisher : Tor Books

Published Year : 2009

Edition : 1

Format : Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

Dimensions : 4.16 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.84 (d)

ISBN : 0765357941

ISBN13 : 9780765357946

Overview :

Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it’s hard for a robot to make his way. It’s even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack’s not interested in world domination. He’s just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn’t just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can’t catch a break.

When Mack’s neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire’s founders—-not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.

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