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  • 02/2022
  • 9798985117523
  • 448 pages
  • $4.99
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  • 02/2022
  • 9798985117516
  • 448 pages
  • $16.99
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  • 02/2022
  • 9798985117509
  • 448 pages
  • $27.99
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  • 02/2022
  • 9798985117530
  • 448 pages
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Lee S. Hannon
Author
Coligo
In The City, Governor Colin O'Connor and his counterpart, The Supreme, attempt to unify a tense society while competing for power. While contemplating his next move, Colin is drawn to Dr. Julie Walsh, the inventor of a life-saving antidote. When Colin offers Julie his help to bring her discovery before The City's most innovative biotech company, COLI*GO, she can't say no. But Julie soon discovers Colin has his own dark secret: he and his accomplice will do anything to protect The City, including murder. Colin never fears getting caught, until Julie friend, Detective Jones, strings together his latest crimes. With help from a time traveler working for The Supreme, Detective Jones uncovers the truth behind The City's most horrific killings. Together with the antidote and time travel, The Supreme and Governor O'Connor fight for power in their quest to control The City.
Reviews
This promising debut, a science-fiction thriller set in “The City” after an android “Resurgence” has upended society, beguiles from the start with its layered mysteries, both about the state of the world, especially its politics and pharmaceutical companies, as well as a series of murders—and the particular dilemmas facing characters like Julie Walsh, who has developed a gene therapy breakthrough in the fight against “complex mental and psychological illnesses.” What readers will quickly glean: The Resurgence found androids in revolt against humanity; afterwards, they won representation and selected an android known as The Supreme who serves as a counterpart to the governor, Colin O’Connor. Both O’Connor and the cooly logical Supreme support Julie in her research, despite misgivings from her university mentor, and she’s brought onboard at the COLI*GO biotech company.

While Julie, a striver, is eager to get to work, readers will understand that she’s caught up in the machinations of powers she doesn’t yet understand, especially when Governor O’Connor’s interest turns personal. Hannon weaves other intriguing threads, such as ritual murders across the unnamed City (presumably future Boston), and The Supreme’s support of another researcher’s experiments in time travel. Meanwhile, Jones, an android acquaintance of Julie’s, trains to be a detective and eventually links the murders to COLI*GO. Hannon’s brisk storytelling makes all this clear and enticing, especially human/android politics and the culture of biotech companies.

Hannon deftly handles the complexities of Coligo’s story, though its admirable ambitions—especially the abundance of details demanded by its interlocking mysteries and conspiracies, plus its politics, advanced technology, and fascinating considerations of android intelligence—draw emphasis away from the characters, whose actions and development often feel summarized rather than fully dramatized. Despite a surfeit of adverbs, the prose at its best echoes the clipped stylishness of noir tales. But it’s the plotting and world that shines. While Coligo kicks off a series, its conclusion satisfies.

Takeaway: An ambitious noir-tinged future-city mystery of androids, politics, and biotech.

Great for fans of: Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill, China Mieville’s The City and the City.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9798985117523
  • 448 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9798985117516
  • 448 pages
  • $16.99
Hardcover Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9798985117509
  • 448 pages
  • $27.99
Hardcover Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9798985117530
  • 448 pages
  • $27.99

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