(The LA Trilogy #1)
by Adam Christopher
Hardcover, 237 pages Published November 3rd 2015
by Tor Books
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It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office--young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra. And who am I? I'm Ray, the world's last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine--after all, the last place you'd expect to find Hollywood's best hit man is in the plain light of day.Years ago all the robots were destroyed because of their possible threat on humans. Raymond Electromatic was the last one made, and the only that was not destroyed. He became a private detective, only to soon change careers into a "hit man" (as the pay was better). It's Hollywood 1965 and in this town it's all about the celebrity. When a stranger enters the business and hires Ray to kill a famous actor, he takes the job. After all it's all about the money, and she has it.
Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency--except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray's inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.
When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he's inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.
Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen--and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.
Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.
During this time period America is concerned with the communists. But could Hollywood have it's own communist party of it's own? As Ray searches the city for his hit, he gets sucked into the world of celebrity Hollywood itself. From the rebuilding of the Hollywood sign itself to the private clubs of the rich and famous. With a few necessary murders along the way. Ray eventually gets sucked into more than one hit job and an underground secret society.
One thing that threw me from the story was how human-like Ray the robot came through as. The "emotions" and ways that Ray tries to relate to those he comes across kind of threw me from the story. Statements like how he wanted to have facial or human reactions to the people he was speaking with, but couldn't because he was a robot. I think I would have enjoyed the story more if he was more robotic in nature and less human emotions, or feelings (sympathy) for others.
What I did enjoy was the plot and how the story came together. I thought that the story line was entertaining, quirky and very classic mystery atmosphere. It is a quick read and an interesting mix of characters. Ada and Ray, as a team, really played well. Ray meets a lot of people through his investigations and they all showed different sides of the decade and events going on at the time.