Book: The Troubleshooter - New Haven Blues by Bard Constantinecategories: Book, Science Fiction, Noir, Dieselpunk, Detective, Private Eye, Dystopian, Neo Noir, Sci Fi, Mystery, Detective Fiction, Action Adventure, Noir Fiction, Dystopian Noir
Bard Constantineabout this book: The Troubleshooter is what I like to call dystopian noir. If you take your hardboiled detective from the 40s and put him in a Blade Runner type environment, then you have an idea what's in store for you. It's noir. It's sci fi. It's retro. It's diselpunk.
In the future, survivors of a terrifying Cataclysm survived by means of city-sized constructs called Havens. Envisioned as utopias, the end result was anything but. Havens quickly became overcrowded and hostile as the same greed and discrimination of class, race and gender quickly infected the inhabitants. The result was a melting pot of corruption and disintegrating conditions that mirrored the situation that nearly led to mankind's demise in the first place.
Mick Trubble is a resident of New Haven, and is at the end of his line. His gambling debts are do bad that there's a contract out for his life, and he hasn't had a decent case in months. That all changes when a mystery lady offers him a high payoff for the recovery of some stolen goods. He doesn't realize that the case will take him on a caper that will uncover a conspiracy that high ranking people will kill to keep under wraps. He will have to rely on his unique skills and dry wit to get through a case that involves deadly dames, synthetic humanoid triggermen, memory experimentation, and a missing leg that carries a secret that everyone is mad to get their hands on.
If it were anyone else they might have to take their chances and fold, but not Mick Trubble. He happens to be a Troubleshooter, which means he does pretty much what the name implies.
He shoots trouble.
The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues is the first in what will definitely be a series. Many things influenced the writing of this novel, from online friends to films like Dark City and Blade Runner as well as books like the Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley. I think readers will enjoy the character of Mick Trubble, who is a bit of scoundrel but at the same time has a strong sense of justice and his own code of honor.
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