The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts

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Read The Real-Town Murders Online Free - Alma is a private detective in a near-future England, a country desperately trying to tempt people away from the delights of Shine, the immersive successor to the internet. But most people are happy to spend their lives plugged in, and the country is decaying.

Alma's partner is ill, and has to be treated without fail every 4 hours, a task that only Alma can do. If she misses the 5 minute window her lover will die. She is one of the few not to access the Shine.

So when Alma is called to an automated car factory to be shown an impossible death and finds herself caught up in a political coup, she knows that getting too deep may leave her unable to get home.

What follows is a fast-paced Hitchcockian thriller as Alma evades arrest, digs into the conspiracy, and tries to work out how on earth a dead body appeared in the boot of a freshly-made car in a fully-automated factory.

Title : The Real-Town Murders
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ISBN : 147322148X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2017

This is a superb multi-genre, multilayered, crime noir set in a future Britain. It is a world in which people are addicted to and plugged into Shine, a post-internet offering a virtual online existence, in which reality just cannot compete. It is no surprise then that the outside world is falling...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

Absolutely brilliant. Adam Roberts is a genius. A review:

Mark rated it ★★★☆☆

August 06, 2017

In crime novels one of the most common scenarios of the ‘whodunnit’ is ‘the locked-room mystery’ – that is where a crime (usually a murder) has been committed without any evidence for an entrance or an exit. It’s so common that Otto Penzler has created one of his huge anthologies on it. Adam Rober...

Ellie rated it ★★★★★

August 17, 2017

Adam Roberts' books are definitely for those people who want extra layers in the stories they read. On the surface, The Real-Town Murders is a locked room mystery, albeit in a future setting, but it's also about how governments seek to control and manipulate their citizens. The future technology...

Ian rated it ★★★★☆

August 31, 2017

Adam Roberts last year foreshadowed that his new novel would be less ambitious than his previous work, in particular The Thing Itself a brilliant book that didn't get the full recognition (and sales I'm guessing) that it deserved. But I think saying that The Real-Town Murders is less ambitious is...

David rated it ★★★★★

August 25, 2017

'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via NetGalley - it's always good to be approved for an advance copy, but particularly here as I always look forward to a new book from Adam Roberts. And The Real Town Murders - which is both a science fiction and a crime story - didn't...

Kath rated it ★★★★★

August 21, 2017

I read this book as part of my on-going attempt to diversify my reading. I usually stick to the same old genres but this year I have been dipping my toes into more sci-fi and fantasy and, as my go to genre is crime, a sci-fi crime book seemed an ideal book to continue my mission. We have here a tr...

Brian rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2017

Of all the contemporary science fiction writers, Adam Roberts can most be relied on to deliver a book that combines an engaging story with extensions of current science and technology that really makes you think - and The Real-Town Murders does this perfectly. Set in the south east of England, a f...

S.J. rated it ★★★★★

August 23, 2017

I was convinced initially that this was going to be the classic closed-room mystery – until the action suddenly kicked off, the plot jinked sideways and it all turned into something quite different… I love it when that happens! There are only a handful of writers that can pull off these flourishe...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2017

Set in our new future, The Real-Town Murders gives us a look at what the coming years might bring. Of course we have already seen what the far future of the internet looks like in Ready Player One but the feel of this book brings it closer. An all immersive web called the Shine where people spend...

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