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The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese shows its entertaining strengths right from the first chapter. If a Sherlock Holmes-esque investigatory duo set in a sci-fi future intrigues you, definitely grab a copy!
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Big Sheep from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on June 28th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Los Angeles of 2039 is a baffling and bifurcated place. After the Collapse of 2028, a vast section of LA, the Disincorporated Zone, was disowned by the civil authorities, and became essentially a third world country within the borders of the city. Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there's no one better suited than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane. When a valuable genetically altered sheep mysteriously goes missing from Esper Corporation's labs, Keane is the one they call.
But while the erratic Keane and his more grounded partner, Blake Fowler, are on the trail of the lost sheep, they land an even bigger case. Beautiful television star Priya Mistry suspects that someone is trying to kill her - and she wants Keane to find out who. When Priya vanishes and then reappears with no memory of having hired them, Keane and Fowler realize something very strange is going on. As they unravel the threads of the mystery, it soon becomes clear that the two cases are connected - and both point to a sinister conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the city. Saving Priya and the sheep will take all of Keane's wits and Fowler's skills, but in the end, they may discover that some secrets are better left hidden.
How is the writing style?
Blake Fowler is our narrator and the story is told in first person past tense from his perspective. There is a fair bit of humor in his narration since he is a fan of rather bad puns and his partner is a rather erratic and goofy investigator ala Sherlock Holmes in recent reincarnations for the screen.
General tone of the beginning
The title of the book becomes clear immediately because a very large sheep has been stolen from a research lab and Blake needs to solve the crime! I started the book feeling a bit in a reading slump but by the time I finished the first chapter, I was chuckling at Blake’s horrible jokes and excited to read more!
Setting, genre, etc?
Sci-fi adult with a strong humor streak! From the description and hints in the first chapter, it is clear this is a near future setting where science has progressed a bit further than our current state and the landscape of the country has changed quite a bit.
- My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
- Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
- Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)
I’m giving The Big Sheep a solid 4 stars, edging into 4.5. I am mostly planning on starting it as an audiobook as soon as I get my hands on a copy since I think it’ll be a delightful listen!
Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese
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