Irontown Blues by John Varley
Berkley Publishing Group
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
Luna has a thousand faces. Whether you want to live in a 1930s style noir city or a modern metropolis, all is available. If you want to change, lose or add body parts you can. Chris, for his own reasons, and his ultra smart enhanced bloodhound Sherlock run a 1930s style pi office. Most of his business is following cheating spouses until a mysterious woman arrives with a case that if true is a major threat to life on Luna. What ensues is a far more complex case than Chris ever imagined - linked to one of the most terrible times in Luna history. Thankfully he has Sherlock to watch his back.
Part of what makes this novel fascinating is how Varley alternates between Chris and Sherlock’s POVs. Sherlock’s approach is distinctly dog, though his elevated intelligence makes his thoughts accessible. In many ways Sherlock is the stronger partner - his love and support enab...
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