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Other Rhodes (Rhodes Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
a fictional 20th Century detective. If she doesn't report him for destruction,
she's guilty of a capital crime.
But with her husband missing, she'll use every clue the cyborg holds,
and his detective abilities, to solve the crime her husband was investigating
when he disappeared.
With the help of a journalist who is more than he seems,
Lily will risk everything to plunge into the interstellar underworld
and bring the love of her life home!
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- ASIN : B098D84PVK
- Publisher : Goldport Press (July 5, 2021)
- Publication date : July 5, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 599 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 108 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #231,704 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Hoyt has reimagined Nero and Archie 10,000 years from Manhattan. In the first book in what I hope is a long and lovely series she sets up the perfect vehicle for two 120th Century detectives—an interstellar craft named “West 35th.” Jump in and enjoy!
In Other Rhodes a future detective is apparently "borged," turned into an illegal cyborg, while investigating a planet on which retirement resorts may be a cover for such illegal activity. The detective's wife must investigate. The sci-fi elements are part of the mystery but not used to solve it unfairly. The mystery background is nostalgic, but not at expense of the future setting. Characters are developed believably, and it's a page turner.
Aside from a few typos & awkward sentences that will no doubt be fixed after kindle readers report them, Other Rhodes is a near-perfect cross-genre specimen. Maybe another award for Hoyt.
This novel introduces us to a far distant future with alien tech discovered in the ruins of an ancient long dead race just to spice things up while at the same time capturing a definite feel of 1930s detective noire worthy of Rex Stout or Raymond Chandler.
One can only hope that this is just the first in a long series of what could easily become two of my favorite characters.
First off, it is a proper detective novel: The clues are there, and even though I was completely blindsided by the resolution, it made complete sense; I was just to busy paying attention to the action and drama to be even thinking about the core mystery.
I particularly love the character and world building in this. The author is using the Nero Wolf framework, but the characters live and breath beyond the formula. She is seriously struggling with this, the loss of her husband, and her realization of how much of him she did not know, and now may never have the chance to know. The borg is a beautifully done enigma, riding the line where you've never quite sure of what he really is. Is he a fake? Is he really the remains of her husband? Is he sane? You just don't know.
One of my favorite bits of world building is their in universe Ben Rhodes detective novel series. Her husband was an avid consumer of the series, and the borg believes himself to be the titular fictional private eye. It's loosely set in an idealized 1920's New York. I say loosely, because the more one finds out about it, the more it becomes apparent that it is more, what would happen if some archeologist, 10,000 years in the future, came across the intermingled remains of manuscripts of Nero Wolf, Lord Peter Whimsey, Phantom of the Opera, and Journey to the West, and thought that they were all parts of the same series. It's glorious.
In a way, the whole universe the story is written in is like that; this combination of perfectly reasonable, in context, yet fantastical at the same time.
I do hope we get more of these. I want to see what comes next.