Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-not the least of which are the rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. In this brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor, perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time. But when the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in the crossfire in a futuristic world that is both funny-and not so funny.
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by Jonathan Lethem
by Jonathan Friesen
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by Jonathan Pokluda
by Jonathan Catherman
by C.J. Lyons
by Eric Borsuk
"The plot of this fantasy mystery is hard to follow and harder to describe--suffice it to say that it takes place in a futuristic world where sheep act as receptionists and people who misbehave have karma points deducted (until they hit zero and then it's off to the deep freeze). The protagonist, voiced by narrator Nick Sullivan, speaks in a mangled Chandlerese ("His eyes were unclouded by intelligence") and is pursued by a gun-toting kangaroo (shades of Elwood P. Dowd). Once you get over the confusing plot, it's a wild and kooky ride. Sullivan's deadpan is dead-on, and if you listen to audiobooks in public, be aware that you may be subject to spontaneous fits of laughter. R.W.S. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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