Nov 042014
 
Review: CleanClean (Mindspace Investigation #1) by Alex Hughes
Narrated by: Daniel May
Published by Roc on Sept 4, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city - and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

I found a series that reminds me of the Dresden Files while still being a unique series! Male protagonist with magical abilities? Check. Hero is always in over his head and trying to fix things? Check. Works on consultant basis for police? Check. Police contact is a female and there is some chemistry? Check. Audiobook has incredible narration? Check.

See? All kinds of great similarities. The differences are what set this series apart. This world is set in the future, after technology wars have destroyed everyone’s ability to trust anything computer related. So we see a return to a paper world, but with some new technology, as well as a rise in mind-based abilities like telepaths and telekinetics.

The hero is also quite flawed in that he is a recovering drug addict, and really struggles with cravings. He meets his Narcotics Anonymous sponsor almost every day. The cravings affect a lot of his thinking, and this comes through in the story narration.

The plot itself was interesting, and the case our hero is working on is a great introduction to the series. We get to meet all the main characters, and learn how they interact. I was surprised at how much I actually loved this world, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  2 Responses to “Review: Clean”

  1. OMG, this is totally going on my list. I have been looking for a “If You Like Dresden You Will Like…” story for a while. Honestly, as I was reading the blurb, I thought about Dresden Files. I think you might enjoy “The Younger Gods” by Michael R. Underwood as well.

    • I’ll have to check out that book, thanks. Someone described Clean as a Dresden meets JD Robb without the romance, and I think it’s a great description.

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