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Strictly Analog

Strictly Analog

Fans of William Gibson, Jonathan Letham, and Richard K. Morgan will enjoy Strictly Analog by Richard Levesque.

What's a private detective to do in a future where nothing is private any more?

For Ted Lomax, the answer is to find clients who need their info kept off the grid, and that's what Ted has done for years, skirting the high tech that runs the new California and living on the fringes of society. But when his daughter is accused of murdering her boyfriend-an agent in the Secret Police-Ted has to dig himself out of the hole he's been in for years in order to save her.

Before long, he's pulled into a shadow world of underground hackers, high-end programmers, and renegade gear-heads, all of whom seem to have a stake in California's future. The further he digs into the case, the clearer it becomes that it's about more than one dead agent. Solving it might save his daughter. And it might get him killed. And it just might open the door to secrets that reach back to the attack that almost killed him eighteen years before. At any rate, Ted Lomax will never be the same.

"...fast-paced futuristic thriller..."-Publishers Weekly*

"...a well-crafted story with realistic characters we can root for in a hard-boiled landscape...It's a story that should appeal to fans of early Gibson or Sterling. And now that our world is much closer to the cyberpunk vision of tomorrow that was forecast decades ago, the story should appeal to contemporary detective fiction fans too. Strictly Analog is highly recommended."-The New Podler Review of Books

"There's a lot to like about this one... I think what struck me most was the world. This is not a pastiche of re-arranged science fiction tropes, but it is familiar. It's the LA we all know and love, but grittier, and more... run down. A very believable setting that Levesque manages to deliver without any awkward info dumps or voice-overs. All the world-painting strokes are tucked in and around the natural movements and activities of the characters, making the entire place feel very much lived in. And slightly sticky to the touch."--Jefferson Smith, Immerse or Die reviews

*This review was of the manuscript version submitted to Amazon's Breakout Novel Awards competition in 2012.

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