Detective and mystery stories

Noir

By K.W. Jeter

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Ex-information cop McNihil is enlisted to find the murderer of a young executive in a futuristic L.A., where the rich can seek forbidden thrills, indulging safely and anonymously in illicit fantasies through the use of computerized simulations known as prowlers.
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Kiln People

By David Brin

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In a perilous future, disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every citizen's legal and illicit whim. Life as a 24-hour "ditto" is cheap, as Albert Morris knows. A brash investigator with a knack for trouble, he's sent plenty of clay duplicates into deadly peril, then "inloaded" memories from copies that were shot, crushed, drowned . . . all part of a day's work. But when Morris tackles a ring of crooks making bootleg copies of a famous actress, he trips into a secret so explosive it incites open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.

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Jennifer Government: A Novel

By Maxx Barry

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In the not so distant future, the U.S. government has been privatized and huge American corporations rule the world. Wisecracking dectective Jennifer Government is hot on the trail of wrong-doers at Nike. Her search for justice leads her on an adventurous journey through the United States Economic Bloc and culminates in a world war.

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In the Cube: A Novel of Future Boston

By David Alexander Smith

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The Boston of a century from the present serves as the gateway to Earth for aliens and has become a technological marvel where humans and aliens mix, struggling to create a new society while coping with greed, immense wealth, and murder.

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Extremes

By Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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His name : Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job : Hunt down the Disappeared-outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch : Flint isn't working on the side of the law.

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Dream Park

By Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

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For 15 virtual reality gamers undertaking a four-day quest, the fantasy slaying of monsters, is suddenly interrupted by murder.
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

By Philip K. Dick

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Rick Deckard prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st-century Los Angeles. He's a 'blade runner' stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human. Basis of the film Blade Runner.

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

By Douglas Adams

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There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.
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Bitter Waters

By Wen Spencer

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Half-human half-alien Ukiah Oregon finds himself under scrutiny by Homeland Security when a dead member of the Temple of New Reason cult is found with photographs of Ukiah. Before he can investigate the cult's interest in him, Ukiah's son is abducted.
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Anonymous Rex: A Detective Story

By Eric Garcia

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Somewhere between "L.A. Confidential" and "Jurassic Park," readers can find this comic noir mystery about a private investigator (who happens to be a dinosaur) in contemporary New York.

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