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...

Karl rated it ★★★★☆

October 15, 2017

I have been reading Adam Roberts books since the year he published “Salt” (2001), though not religiously. He is an insightful thinker and quite creative in his plotting. For a number of years I passed on his book parodies such as “The Va Dinci Cod” and “The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo” and perhap...

Roy rated it ★★★☆☆

October 30, 2017

A well written crime noir (locked room syndrome/scenario story) with intelligent scifi elements dealing with a future Britain. Funny at times and interesting ideas. Just found it a little too short in the world building. Never really felt I understood the time and place. My 1st Roberts novel but...

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...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

Absolutely brilliant. Adam Roberts is a genius.

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...

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

November 23, 2017

Adam Roberts has a reputation for clever, ideas-dense speculative fiction. His latest novel is The Real-Town Murders (review copy from Gollancz). The novel is a near-future murder mystery and thriller that opens with a classic locked room mystery: a body is found in the boot of a car fresh off a...

Andreas rated it ★★★☆☆

March 12, 2018

In the near future, Alma is called to a crime scene to solve as private investigator a nearly impossible case. Slowly she has to learn that the stakes are high but failing is not an option as this condemns her partner to death... Adam Roberts spins some interesting ideas around virtual worlds and...

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...

Plamen rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2018

Near-future England: Deliveries are made by drones, everything is mechanised and automated, and since almost everyone spends their entire time in a virtual reality called ‘the Shine’, cafes and restaurants are empty, and ten people in the street can make a crowd (!). But then the impossible happen...

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