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Alien Blues ebook

by Lynn S. Hightower


Life's tough for Detective David Silver.

Life's tough for Detective David Silver  .

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He opened one eye. Dead Meat stood beside the bed and wagged her tail. She barked, bouncing upward, and licked his face. David scratched his cheek, grimacing at the. heavy growth of black beard. He had slept all day-no wonder he was hungry. But he felt better-almost no headache and amazingly refreshed. He checked his watch. Friday, not Thursday. He’d been asleep thirty-six hours. David jumped out of bed. You be. .It took him an hour to feed the dog, clean up the business she’d done.

Alien Blues, the first in the David Silver series, was originally written in the 90’s, when I was busy returning to school . Hightower is brilliant. The Elaki are the most memorable nonhuman characters in literature since Spock, and her female characters defy all possible stereotypes.

Alien Blues, the first in the David Silver series, was originally written in the 90’s, when I was busy returning to school, having my fourth child and raising the first three. I mention this only because I am dumbfounded that I missed this amazing series the first time around, and that’s the only possible reason; I was too busy trying to find a few minutes in which to sleep back then. Her pacing, character development, and capacity to develop setting that we can nearly see and breathe is outstanding.

Hightower takes the setup and delivers a grittily realistic and down-and-dirty serial killer novel. For Scott, who helps run interference when I’m working, because he swears I am dangerous when disturbed

Hightower takes the setup and delivers a grittily realistic and down-and-dirty serial killer novel. Impressiv. very promising first novel. For Scott, who helps run interference when I’m working, because he swears I am dangerous when disturbed. And who doesn’t mind (or do you?) dropping everything to discuss the latest idea.

A twisting, complex crime tale with intriguing characters, including Silver’s DEA- turned-enforcer wife, Rose, and an Elaki named the Puzzle Solver, Alien Blues realistically depicts a world in which aliens and humans can coexist. Thriller & Crime Sci-fi & Fantasy Aliens Police Procedural. Hightower has assembled a thrilling suspense story featuring realistic human cops and truly alien aliens.

Электронная книга "Alien Blues", Lynn Hightower Lynn Hightower grew up in the South and graduated from the University of Kentucky, where she studied creative writing with Wendell Berry and earned a journalism degree

Электронная книга "Alien Blues", Lynn Hightower. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Alien Blues" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. Lynn Hightower grew up in the South and graduated from the University of Kentucky, where she studied creative writing with Wendell Berry and earned a journalism degree. She is the author of ten novels, including two mystery series, one featuring homicide detective Sonora Blair and the other featuring private investigator Lena Padgett.

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Homicide detective David Silver feels that his troubles are just beginning when he finds out that his new partner is an Elaki, one of the seven-foot stingray-like aliens that have arrived on Earth to offer humankind a helping hand
Rias
I was expecting, from the summary, something like Alien Nation and a buddy flic. However, I went with the comments by other authors and am glad I did. Very character driven, interesting aliens, fast paced, and compkex people tgat weren't explained to death, making me interested in the sequels. I recommend.
Steamy Ibis
I've read two books in this series now and have enjoyed them both. Characters are complex, the world building is very interesting, the plots have plenty of action. Planning on getting the rest of the series to read.
Cordabor
Alien Blues, the first in the David Silver series, was originally written in the 90’s, when I was busy returning to school, having my fourth child and raising the first three. I mention this only because I am dumbfounded that I missed this amazing series the first time around, and that’s the only possible reason; I was too busy trying to find a few minutes in which to sleep back then. Thank goodness Open Road Integrated Media has re-published it digitally. After reading and being really impressed by Flashpoint, another of Hightower’s terrific novels, I searched Net Galley for anything else she had written that was available to read and review, and I scored this little treasure. It’s a brave, bold genre cross of detective fiction and science fiction, and if I can read the others in the series, you had best believe I will.

First, of course, we have a murderer. Machete Man, as he is known, enjoys hacking his victims and their belongings into portable pieces. A nice touch is the would-be victim that gets away and can describe him. He hacks up all her stuff, and we know that if she hadn’t been as quick as she was, she would have been among the sliced and diced items in her bedroom. And I find the scene that occurs later between David’s wife Rose and Machete Man spectacular.

Into the mix we have the murder of an Elaki. Elaki are another species, but to a certain extent they work and interact with humans. They shimmer; they walk on fringe; they have flippers instead of hands. Roof tops are terribly dangerous, because they are slender and lightweight, and can easily blow away in a breeze. They are shorter than humans and because they have no legs, they must fold themselves to ride in an automobile made for humans. Their own are specially adapted. But we learn all these tidbits as we go along. Hightower doesn’t waste a lot of time describing them, but makes everything we learn part of the action. And so String, an Elaki that has never fit in well with his own folk, volunteers to aid in the investigation; some suspect his motives are other than what he says.

Lurking in the background is David’s traumatic past. He grew up in a ghetto, the tunnels underground known as Little Saigo. The tunnels were invented originally to house the wealthiest members of society from Earth’s degraded environment; imagine a carefully controlled housing development where there is no fear of skin cancer or other environmental hazards. But humans tend to crave the sun, and when the rich didn’t want to buy in, the project was never completed. Squatters populated the many half-completed nooks and crannies in the enormous subterranean catacombs, and eventually an implant similar to a microchip was developed so that those that lived there could identify one another, achieving a measure of safety from those that came to pillage and wreak chaos among the vulnerable.

David has not lived in Little Saigo for a long time; he has a modest but comfortable home, a wife, and darling daughters. But ultimately, he is forced to return to Little Saigo, home of his worst nightmares, in order to solve the crime.

It’s riveting.

Hightower is brilliant. The Elaki are the most memorable nonhuman characters in literature since Spock, and her female characters defy all possible stereotypes. Her pacing, character development, and capacity to develop setting that we can nearly see and breathe is outstanding. She has won the Shamus and her work has been included in the New York Times Most Notable Books list. She’s been published on four continents, and thanks to Open Road Integrated Media, those of us that missed her the first time around can now read her work digitally. And it’s available for sale now.

Highly recommended!
Ylal
David SIlver is a homicide cop on a future Earth. He's also a househusband, caring for his home and daughters while his wife Rose is off tending to the semi-clandestine activities of an animal rights group with which she's affiliated. David is currently hunting a serial killer dubbed "Machete Man" because of the brutality with which he kills his victims, When one of the victims escapes, David and his partner Mel, who is also his brother-in-law, are unknowingly set on a path sending them into mortal danger and a clash with a conspiracy currently unknown to anyone. Adding to the mix of characters in the local precinct, some clean, some dirty, Mel and David get a third partner, an Elaki named String. The Elaki are aliens, settling among humans. They are amorphous, highly intelligent, tend to take things literally, have a vestige of a sense of humor, and love tacos. String is a pretty good detective, accepting Mel's barely disguised gibes because he doesn't realize they are insults, but occasionally he does have a salient point to make.

David's hunt for the killer takes him back to the place where he grew up, the worst part of town, the place where it all comes to a head and he learns secrets about the Elaki, the killer, and even his own wife...and his life will be changed forever, especially after he solves the crime.

This novel was supplied by the publisher and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.
This is an exciting novel in which the sci-fi aspects of the story meshes well with the police procedurals but don't overwhelm them. David's inner conflicts about the danger his wife places herself in, his slight jealousy over her partner, the animal-loving Haas, his love for his daughters as well as his occasional exchanges with his brother-in-law make him into a very three-dimensional character. String and the other Elaki encounters are also given personalities which are, if not likable, at least interesting. When he is nearly killed and insists on continuing his investigations in spite of blatant warnings to back off, the bravery he fears he's lacking shines through. Though there are no overt clashes, the enmities between aliens and Earthlings, while not necessarily at the hatred level , are at least prejudicial, as evidenced by Mel's continual jabs at String, added more tension to the mix. Needless to say, occasionally Stringy gives as good as he gets and by the closing of the case, Mel's attitude toward him has changed.

It's an easy read but not a simplistic one...and definitely an enjoyable narrative.

In the villain, Ms Hightower has created one of the most frightening and evil men ever encountered in fiction. He's oily, devious, cruel, and enjoys the fear and pain he instills in and perpetrates upon his victims. This is a character who revels in disaster and truly deserves whatever happens to him. One might wish he could be brought back for future entries in this series to again bedevil Detective Silver who has a right to a vendetta against him.

As I read this novel, I found myself hoping it was the first in a series. By the time I finished, I was glad to learn it was. I will be looking forward to reading the rest.
Voodoogore
Was perfect to help me fall asleep... Weird connections, terrible dialogues, uninteresting descriptions, no real cool gadgets.... Reads like watching a French movie...
post_name
I read four paragraphs; so far, so good. Then in the fifth paragraph: ". . . they never worked good in the morning." "Worked good"?! This gross grammatical error might be okay in dialog, but here? I don't think so.
Hbr
This one was not for me. The sample had a promising premise and I made my purchase based on reading that. However, starting to read after the end of the sample, the story deteriorated into detailed and repulsively gruesome descriptions; dismal, depressing scenes; and characters that became increasingly unlikeable. Eject button pressed a quarter of the way through.
Alien Blues ebook
Author:
Lynn S. Hightower
Category:
Mystery
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Ace; Reissue edition (January 1, 1992)
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4.1
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