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Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel [Kindle Edition]

Alex Hughes
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.
My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.
Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1254 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Original edition (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P7HP1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Clean is the first book in Alex Hughes new exciting gritty urban fantasy series: the first in the Mindspace Investigations novels. We are sometime in the future where things are a bit changed and unfamiliar (artificial organs, anti- graviton generators for flying cars, drug-assisted telepathy), but not too far-fetched or unrealistic to make it difficult for the reader to picture or comprehend them (like deadly toxic rainwater). However it is interesting to see that due to the horrible Tech Wards when technology turned against mankind, now computers and other IT electronics are considered evil and kept at the most basic unharmful level:

"So if it took three days to send an e-mail through all the layers of Quarantine, if the small Web was regarded with the same respect/ fear as a pit viper, if even Cherabino had to have a thorough background check and be monitored constantly in the Electronic Crimes works for fear she'd come across something truly dangerous, well, a lot of people had died in the Tech Wars."

The world-building of the series is fascinating and I still feel that it wasn't explored to its full potential in the first book: we got a few mentions of the different kinds of abilities special people have like telepaths (`teeps'), teleporters (`jumpers'), etc. and there are even different categories within these classes:

"Psych, Off, and Construct." When her eyes narrowed, I explained. "Psych is trained in psychology and telepathy; they treat mental illness. If you want somebody to lose their mommy issues for good, you call Psych."
"So schizophrenia and stuff?" she asked.
"No, schizophrenia is actually a brain-chemistry or mind-structure issue--Biochem or Construct.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish 23 Feb. 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've come across books that were worse than this. I didn't finish them. I give this two stars as I managed to finish it. Why? It was a gift, so I felt a misplaced sense of duty. This is terribly written, repetitive, plodding and plain stupid. Comparisons with Blade Runner and Chinatown are mere marketing, there is no similarity whatsoever.

To like this book you really have to be prepared to drop all critical senses and accept that police and their consultants are really, really stupid. That grittiness is all about it always being hot and people being angry, stressed or having headaches. The characterisations are shallow and simplistic cutouts from every ersatz sci-fi or cheap cop show. The inconsistencies and contradictions are so pronounced that they are insulting, the publisher couldn't even bother to edit the proof before publication.

Worst of all, it's volume 1 of a series.

I won't be reading volume 2. Have some self-respect and don't pick up volume 1.
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By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Author Alex Hughes tried some different things in this novel and I think she made a success of it. First we have a male main character who is not an alpha male even though the story definitely revolves on his telepathic abilities. He is not named throughout the entire story until the last two sentences in the book and I don't even have a physical description of him in my mind. Normally this might have been irritating for me, but I honestly didn't even notice until I began to think about how to describe this book in a review. This man has been rejected by his Guild because of a drug addiction. Regardless of the high level of his psychic abilities he lives on the edge of being completely trusted by anyone. He does consultation interviews for the DeKalb County, Georgia Police Department and has the highest rate of confessions obtained of anyone on staff. When multiple murders begin to be connected by their unusual method of death he and Detective Isabella Cherabino visit the latest crime scene so he can enter "mindspace" to try to pick up clues. The investigation is made doubly interesting for me because of the low level of technology involved. It seems there was a Tech War many years ago where technology tried to take over the universe and people are still distrustful of anything - no matter how low level - that reminds them of the war. So investigations are carried out the slow, old fashioned way.

I think it will be exceedingly interesting to read the next novel in this series to see how the author handles the drug addiction aspect for this character. The twelve-step program for drug addiction plays a very prominent role in this story so now that the character has fought through the urges of his drug of choice and been successful in this investigation he has even more on the line.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 31 Mar. 2014
By Bodicia
Format:Kindle Edition
There was something about this book which hooked me from the start. A detective type novel with a twist; it tells of a nameless telepath who works for the Police force after his addiction to Satin resulted in him losing his job as a professor with the Telepath’s Guild.

He fights the urge for Satin daily whilst holding down his job as an interrogator/investigator for the Police force. Nobody really trusts him as they know about his struggles with his addiction but his skills are too valuable to waste. Forging an intimate mind link with his co-worker Isabella Cherabino has a dangerous side effect as she isnt at all happy having him inside her head but ultimately it leads to flagging up a danger to both their lives. Will she trust him enough to let him in?

Well written and very entertaining, this fast paced sci fi mystery was really enjoyable. I liked the main character and the way he dealt with his addiction; flaws, mistakes and all. He doesn’t have the absolute moral presence a the average crime solver and comes across as human, likable and sincere. Nicely done.
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