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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (9 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592220479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592220472
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,818,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wow! What a great book! 30 Aug 2006
By Shadowhelm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Selina Rosen has done it again. A kick-butt detective named Spider Webb and her partner, Tommy Chan, are tasked with finding "The Fry Guy" -- a vigilante who is killing scum and making their jobs just that much easier. Except that there are men in black suits called the SWTF who are more interested in Spider than "The Fry Guy."

Rosen has taken the black helicopters and made them real in this story. There was one twist that blindsided me and kept me reading through this imaginative thriller. If you like Ms. Rosen's books, this is another you won't be able to put down. Read, enjoy and have fun. And root for the Fry Guy for cleaning up the streets.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Buy this book 14 Sep 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Selina Rosen seizes a particular time and place of her own creation and brings us along for the ride. Her characters are gritty, real-life folks who are trying to do the best they can with the skills and personalities they possess. This book, at times, makes you think about what-if: What would you do in the character's place? The book is a fast read, well worth the price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Buy any version 7 Sep 2006
By James Hollaman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Selina's ability to tell a story is wonderful. This book is a little diffrent than her others, but she still creates a great story. i enjoyed it so much i bought both versions of the book..... You need to buy it if your a Selina Rosen fan
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Really Strange 19 Aug 2006
By James K. Burk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had the option of getting this book in hardcover or in paperbound, and I'm glad I elected for the hardcover.

I can't claim impartiality, since I know Ms. Rosen, but I also had the pleasure of hearing her read excerpts from the work at conventions, and would have been encouraged to buy it had I not known the writer.

The characters are all fully realized, with depth and weight, and Robby Strange is probably the most appealing of all. He's the "Fry Guy," the serial killer who is being supposedly hunted and generally protected by the protagonist, Spider Webb and her partner, Tommy Chan. The plot has more twists and turns than a roller coaster and moves at about the same speed. And some truly scary people.

The only caveat is that the protagonist is gay and people offended by loves scenes between women should probably be aware that this book contains such scenes, although it never becomes graphic or pornographic.

This is one of the best purchases I've made this year.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Poetic justice, aliens and cops -- it doesn't get better than this! 28 Sep 2006
By Melanie Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
STRANGE ROBBY is one of the wonderful new breed of cross-genre novels, a breathtaking mix of Chris Carter and Joseph Wambaugh laced liberally with a dose of black humor. Selina Rosen has come up with a cop pairing for the ages -- the sharp, funny, and ever so slightly strange Spider Webb, busily trying to juggle her job and an undercover romance with a DA, and her stalwart partner and straight man Tommy Chen. On the verge of burnout, they're secretly cheering on a mysterious serial killer who's systematically ridding the city of dangerous criminals by microwaving their brains, an act that gains him the nickname "The Fry Guy." When a secret government agency get involved in the case, however, Webb and Chen find themselves caught between the Fry Guy and their own government. Meanwhile, Webb finds herself targeted by the agency when she discovers a horrifying secret in her past...

Selina Rosen has been a master storyteller for years; her CHAINS trilogy (CHAINS OF FREEDOM, CHAINS OF DESTRUCTION, and CHAINS OF REDEMPTION) is Asimovian in its SF extrapolation of the rise and fall of governments, and her Drewcila Qwah novels (QUEEN OF DENIAL and RECYCLED) are downright hilarious. With STRANGE ROBBY, she stays closer to home, exploring the themes of individuality and personal autonomy in the face of an ever-encroaching government, while also maintaining a crackerjack of a plot (reminiscent of the best of THE X-FILES) that is guaranteed to keep you turning the page.
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