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Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel (udgave 2012)

af Alex Hughes

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"I used to work for the Telepath's Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn't entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it-- real scary. Now the cops don't trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn't trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city-- and I'm aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I've just had a vision of the future: I'm the next to die" -- p. [4] of cover.… (mere)
Medlem:Qwillery
Titel:Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel
Forfattere:Alex Hughes
Info:Roc (2012), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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I really enjoyed the mix of genres in this book--police procedural, future society and characters with psychic abilities. It was fast-paced and the plot had a number of nice layers, with good interactions and interesting relationships among the characters. I did find it slightly confusing at times and sometimes the characters acted in ways that were a little hard to understand, but that did not seriously undermine my enjoyment of the book. I'll definitely read more in this series. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
"Clean" is an excellent start to what I hope will be a long-running series.

It succeeds on many levels. It is a gripping story of a police investigation of a serial killer that draws upon familiar archetypes - a cop/consultant with a shady past and an addiction problem who has a strong, beautiful, karate black-belt partner (also with a painful past) who stands up for him because it's the right thing to do but still doesn't want him in her head - while breathing enough personality and context into them to make them feel fresh.

It skilfully builds a picture of a future Atlanta, coping with doing things manually after the Tech Wars have devastated the Western World. The ideas are seeded carefully without resorting to clumsy info-dumps.

It gives an insight into a Guild of people with "abilities" in Mindspace - telepathy, teleportation, and telekinesis - amongst other things that is original, credible, intriguing and left me hungry for more.

The prose is crisp and clear. The action scenes, including the ones requiring special powers, are exciting and fully visualised. Best of all, Alex Hughes' first-person story-telling is as compelling as any noir fiction writer I've ever read, including Chandler. I loved that we barely get to find out the main characters name because he already knows it and seldom has to bother introducing himself. The main character is flawed in a very unglamorous way. He is often self-absorbed. He lacks social skills. He is an addict who constantly craves his poison. He is also brave and loyal and trying hard to get CLEAN.

I listened to "Clean" as an audiobook. It's perfectly suited for the medium and Daniel May does a great job in giving the main character a a convincing voice. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
Four stars is a little stretch, but I decided to round up for several reasons. 1) the editing was good. 2) didn’t hit any of my pet peeves. 3) I was really into it at the end. 4) SOMEHOW, even though he’s one of the biggest misery guts ever, the author made me like the MC and root for him. Also, it was interesting the way you never know the MC’s name until the last two sentences. Wonder what inspired that? The world building was also quite well done.

What I didn’t like. SLOW starter. MC complains and whines (mostly inner monologue) almost incessantly. None of the characters are immediately likable. At 20% I was still pondering DNF... ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
A fun book. It was a nice blending of genre. I will say it was just barely a 4 star. There were a few spots that the story was a little predictable but it didn't stop me from enjoying it. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that managed to give me so many mixed feelings!

The narrator of Clean is a drug addicted telepath. After getting kicked out of the Telepath’s Guild, he makes a living by working for police, mainly by using his telepathic powers to tease information out of suspects during interviews. But his routine begins to fall to pieces when a new killer starts stalking Atlanta and he’s called upon to help investigate. All signs point to the killer having some form of psychic powers, but otherwise clues are sparse.

I first saw Clean in my college’s book shop, under the section for books by faculty and alumnae. I did a bit of investigating, and it’s written by a grad of my college and set largely in Decatur! That means I’d actually been to some of the locations in the book, which is always a ton of fun.

In general, I really liked Clean’s world building. While I’d originally pegged it as urban fantasy, it turns out to have a good dose of science fiction in it as well. The novel’s set an unspecified amount of time in the future, after the Tech Wars shattered the West’s faith in technology. Usage of computers and networking is highly regulated and practically nonexistent for the average person. I also enjoyed the idea of a Telepath’s Guild and how psychic powers were worked into the narrative. The blending of genres made Clean one of the more original urban fantasy novels I’ve encountered.

The narrator became addicted to drugs before the start of the novel and has been in recovery for several years, although he had a couple of relapses. I don’t know enough about addiction to say how accurately it was depicted, but I did find that it helped the protagonist stand out from the crowd. I started off liking the protagonist, but as the book went on I found myself getting angrier and angrier with the narrative choices the author was making.

Aside from the narrator, the most important character is his partner, Detective Isabella Cherabino. She repeatedly tells him to stay out of her mind, but he deliberately and repeatedly snoops around in her head. Oh, and she’s also his love interest, which made his lack of respect for her personal boundaries that much more disturbing. Combined with how obsessive he was about protecting her, it honestly reminded me of those lists of abusive relationship warning signs.

But what really gets me is how the narrative justifies his behavior! Cherabino gets kidnapped and the narrator has to snoop in her head to rescue her. He actually wonders if he should force his way into her mind when she resists him. As if that’s not bad enough, a number of related narrative choices are throwing gasoline on the fire. First of all, she was kidnapped specifically because of her close relationship to the protagonist, making her feel totally damselled. Secondly, the narrative keeps heavily implying that she would have been raped if he hadn’t saved her in time. Can these plot choices get any more disgusting?

I was enjoying Clean in the beginning, but by the end I was pissed off. I’m not recommending this one.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Mar 1, 2017 |
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"I used to work for the Telepath's Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn't entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it-- real scary. Now the cops don't trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn't trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city-- and I'm aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I've just had a vision of the future: I'm the next to die" -- p. [4] of cover.

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