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Titanium Noir

By Nick Harkaway & Nicholas Cornwell
Titanium Noir by Nick Harkaway & Nicholas Cornwell digital book - Fable

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A virtuosic mashup of Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler by way of Marvel—the story of a detective investigating the murder of a Titan, one of society’s most powerful, medically-enhanced elites. • “Cross-genre brilliance from the superbly talented Nick Harkaway.” —William Gibson, New York Times best-selling author of Agency

"An exemplar of its genre, Titanium Noir twists and turns between excellent fun and deep melancholy." —The New York Times Book Review


Cal Sounder is a detective working for the police on certain very sensitive cases. So when he’s called in to investigate a homicide at a local apartment, he’s surprised by the routineness of it all. But when he arrives on scene, Cal soon learns that the victim—Roddy Tebbit, an otherwise milquetoast techie—is well over seven feet tall. And although he doesn’t look a day over thirty, he is ninety-one years old. Tebbit is a Titan—one of this dystopian, near-future society’s genetically altered elites. And this case is definitely Cal’s thing.

There are only a few thousand Titans worldwide, thanks to Stefan Tonfamecasca’s discovery of the controversial T7 genetic therapy, which elevated his family to godlike status. T7 turns average humans into near-immortal distortions of themselves—with immense physical proportions to match their ostentatious, unreachable lifestyles. A dead Titan is big news . . . a murdered Titan is unimaginable. But these modified magnates are Cal’s specialty. In fact, his own ex-girlfriend, Athena, is a Titan. And not just any—she is Stefan’s daughter, heir to the massive Tonfamecasca empire.  

As the murder investigation intensifies, Cal begins to unravel the complicated threads of what should have been a straightforward case, and it becomes clear he’s on the trail of a crime whose roots run deep into the dark heart of the world.

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46 Reviews

3.5
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“A fresh and clever and quick read, full of ambience and wit, speedy plot, left turns, and quality dialogue. Every page had something good.”
Likable charactersEasy to readFast-paced
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“If you're looking for a sci fi twist on classic noir mystery (and maybe just a smidge less dark), I can highly recommend this one. A very fast read, the world building dresses up the corners but doesn't let the narrative get bogged down in science talk, the dialogue is snappy, the writing - well, I'm starting to think I'm biased, but I really love the way Harkaway writes: the strong sense of lively characters and relationships in just a few lines, the POV/inner life of the main character, the reality of bad things happening and somehow still holding onto the idea, recognizing that there are good actors. People might have to get their hands dirty, but they truly care for those around them, try to protect those who stumble into harm's way. I think a non-asshole Titan POV would be a fascinating read, but that would be a very different book....maybe a sequel/companion novel?....🤔🙏🏼 I would also like to shout out Jack Smyth because this cover design ROCKS. 👏🏻 ⚠️ Domestic abuse”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readFast-pacedAbuseViolence

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