I Only Killed Him Once (Hardcover)

A Ray Electromatic Mystery (Ray Electromatic Mysteries #3)

By Adam Christopher

Tor Books, 9780765379221, 224pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

List Price: 25.99*
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A blend of science fiction and stylish mystery noir featuring a robot detective, I Only Killed Him Once is the newest stand-alone installment in Adam Christopher's Ray Electromatic mystery series.

Another Hollywood night, another job for electric-detective-turned-robotic-hitman Raymond Electromatic. The target is a tall man in a black hat, and while Ray completes his mission successfully, he makes a startling discovery--one he soon forgets when his 24-hour memory tape loops to the end and is replaced with a fresh reel...

When a tall man in a black hat arrives in the offices of the Electromatic Detective Agency the next day, Ray has a suspicion he has met this stranger before, although Ray's computerized boss, Ada, is not saying a thing. But their visitor isn't here to hire Ray for a job--he's here to deliver a stark warning.

Because time is running out and if Ray and Ada want to survive, they need to do exactly what the man in the black hat says.

A man that Raymond Electromatic has already killed.

"Robot noir in 60s Los Angeles? You had me at 'Hello.'"--John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling novelist

About the Author

ADAM CHRISTOPHER is a novelist and comic writer. Made to Kill, the first Ray Electromatic mystery, was an Indie Next Pick. His other novels include Killing is My Business, Empire State, Seven Wonders and The Age Atomic. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in the United Kingdom since 2006.