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KOP by Warren Hammond
Edited by James Frenkel
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765312723
Date: 26 June 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Crossing the streams of gumshoe noir and colonial SF, KOP pairs a "dirty" has been cop with a promising rookie to uncover the truth behind a grisly murder that may, or may not, lead back to city hall. Set on a world that's a fusion of 40s LA, 'Nam, and every economically devastated country on Earth, the author has made up a world that's part SF, part classic police thriller. It's pretty good, but not quite as original as it thinks it is.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Juno is a dirty cop with a difficult past and an uncertain future. When his family and thousands of others emigrated to the colony world of Lagarto, they were promised a bright future on a planet with a booming economy. But before the colonists arrived, everything changed. An opportunistic Earth-based company developed a way to produce a cheaper version of Lagarto's main export, thus effectively paupering the planet and all its inhabitants.

Growing up on post-boom Lagarto, Juno is but one of the many who live in despair. Once he was a young cop in the police department of the capital city of Koba. That was before he started taking bribes from Koba's powerful organized crime syndicate. Yet despite his past sins, some small part of him has not given up hope. So he risks his life, his marriage and his job to expose a cabal that would enslave the planet for its own profit.

But he's got more pressing problems, when he's confronted with a dead man, a short-list of leads, and the obligatory question: who done it? Set up for a fall, partnered with a beautiful young woman whose main job is to betray him, and caught in a squeeze between the police chief and the crooked mayor, Juno is a compelling, sympathetic hero on a world that has no heroes.

An exciting science fiction adventure and a dark, gritty noir thriller told in taut, powerful prose, this is a remarkable debut novel.

(Source: Tor)

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