The Automatic Detective

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Tom Doherty Associates, Feb 5, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages

From the award-winning author of Gil's All Fright Diner comes a fantastic sci-fi mystery read The Automatic Detective

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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User Review  - Unkletom - LibraryThing

This book makes my brain hurt. It’s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn’t make your head spin ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kellswitch - LibraryThing

I had a lot of fun reading this book, I loved the over the top Super Science and the blending of detective noir, the afore mentioned 50's feeling Super Science and a gritty cyberpunk setting of Empire ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
11
Chapter 2
23
Chapter 3
33
Chapter 4
43
Chapter 5
53
Chapter 6
65
Chapter 7
85
Chapter 8
105
Chapter 13
177
Chapter 14
187
Chapter 15
195
Chapter 16
209
Chapter 17
217
Chapter 18
247
Chapter 19
257
Chapter 20
269

Chapter 9
133
Chapter 10
143
Chapter 11
159
Chapter 12
169
Chapter 21
293
Chapter 22
309
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About the author (2008)

A. Lee Martinez lives in Terrell, Texas.

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