I Only Killed Him Once

I Only Killed Him Once

A blend of science fiction and stylish mystery noir featuring a robot detective: the newest stand-alone installment in the Ray Electromatic mystery seriesAnother 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 disco...

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Title:I Only Killed Him Once
Author:Adam Christopher
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  • Kurt Rocourt

    Once again I find myself enjoying this series. I actually raced through book 1.5 and book 2 to get to this one. It blurs together for me at the moment. I'm glad it did because all three feel like three episodes of my favorite show. I don't see any reason to not keep reading more stories in this series.

    I read this book via NetGalley. I thank them for this book.

  • Bradley

    So very, very enjoyable. Ray Electromatic is the Robot's Robot of the dirty streets of LA Noir. Sometimes he's a PI and sometimes he's a hit-robot-for-hire, but what makes him really stand out for me is his memory issues.

    He runs on RAM. Poor Ray! Every day, he comes back with the same template as before. Useful when he needs plausible deniability, it's a real pain when the damn mysteries keep coming back. And back. And back. :)

    This one has a lot of fantastic reveals and snappy dialogue. Ada, the

    So very, very enjoyable. Ray Electromatic is the Robot's Robot of the dirty streets of LA Noir. Sometimes he's a PI and sometimes he's a hit-robot-for-hire, but what makes him really stand out for me is his memory issues.

    He runs on RAM. Poor Ray! Every day, he comes back with the same template as before. Useful when he needs plausible deniability, it's a real pain when the damn mysteries keep coming back. And back. And back. :)

    This one has a lot of fantastic reveals and snappy dialogue. Ada, the master computer who gives Ray his jobs, is out of the picture for a lot of the tale and Ray has to figure out who the next Job is on his own! Who does he have to kill?

    Oh, the nightmare!

    Of course, I was just happy that it could have been anyone because this is classic Noir, but the final reveal was very satisfying. And very SF. :)

    I'm LOVING this kind of genre-mashup. Big time. The best of both worlds.

    And I'm probably going to have to scream for more of this. It can't end here. We have to have MORE. :)

    Sladek, Wells, Martinez... we need more like this!!! :)

  • Benny Sperling

    The end for Raymondo, really clever weaving everything back and forth

  • Kathleen Townsend

    Today, July 10, 2018, marks the release of

    by Adam Christopher, the third and final novel in the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series. This is a great science fiction noir mystery series featuring the very last robot in operation working as a hit man using the cover of a private detective when unwanted eyes begin to pry.

    In this novel Ray Electromatic wakes up with a fresh reel of tape for 24 hours of new memory and a man in a black hat in the front room. The man feels familia

    Today, July 10, 2018, marks the release of

    by Adam Christopher, the third and final novel in the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series. This is a great science fiction noir mystery series featuring the very last robot in operation working as a hit man using the cover of a private detective when unwanted eyes begin to pry.

    In this novel Ray Electromatic wakes up with a fresh reel of tape for 24 hours of new memory and a man in a black hat in the front room. The man feels familiar, even if Ray can’t remember him. He comes with a warning, not a job. If something’s amiss Ada, the supercomputer who runs things, isn’t talking. Things quickly go for bad to worse as Ray’s memory ticks down to zero.

    This was a great conclusion to the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series. Ray is just as fantastic a character as always. His voice is unique, and he a genuinely fun character to follow on adventures. This particular case proves to be a difficult one as things quickly spiral beyond Ray’s control.

    Ada is missing for a good portion of the novel. This means that Ray is truly on his own. The well timed phone calls from Ada are gone. Details to the hit Ray’s supposed to be carrying out are largely missing. Ray is forced to figure things out completely on his own, going back to earlier days when he worked as a PI. This is complicated due to limited memory space. If he knew more details yesterday it was all wiped when a new reel was installed during the night.

    All loose ends are wrapped up in this third novel. Questions that have lingered from book one are finally addressed. We get more information as to Ray’s creation and the various robotics divisions encountered in the previous two novels.

    Now, I don’t want to say too much about this novel. The books in this series are on the shorter side of the page count, and being the last of three novels room for accidental spoilers abounds. Needless to say, I very much enjoyed this series. Ray is a very welcome voice, a fun, hardboiled detective with a great personality. He’s very reminiscent of old noir film detectives, a feeling that permeates each book. the novels themselves are very atmospheric.

    I must acknowledge the author’s sheer skill in making Ray and Ada so very likeable and relatable. They’re nothing more than a robot and a supercomputer, after all, even if they were patterned after humans. The way in which the virtual clink of a spoon in a ceramic cup can fill a silence and relay the feelings of a character is absolutely wonderful.

    Though the Ray Electromatic Mysteries may be over, I am surely going to be seeking out more of Adam Christopher’s books. If you have not read any of the Ray Electromatic Mysteries, I would highly suggest picking up the first book of the series. Unlike some of the other mystery novels I’ve read, I do suggest reading these books in publication order.

    by Adam Christopher was a great conclusion to the series, and a book I highly recommend.

  • Paul

    I Only Killed Him Once proves to be a satisfying ending to the narrative arc of the LA Trilogy. And although the book could adequately stand on its own, a reader would really want to start with the first book in the series, Make to Kill, to fully explore Christopher’s world. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend a little more time with Ray?

    Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan-Tor Books, and Adam Christopher for the advanced copy for review.

    Full review can be found:

    I Only Killed Him Once proves to be a satisfying ending to the narrative arc of the LA Trilogy. And although the book could adequately stand on its own, a reader would really want to start with the first book in the series, Make to Kill, to fully explore Christopher’s world. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend a little more time with Ray?

    Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan-Tor Books, and Adam Christopher for the advanced copy for review.

    Full review can be found:

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  • Jane

    Well this was a lot of fun! Ray Electromatic is a robot detective-turned-gun-for-hire. Unfortunately for Ray, he lives in an alternate 1960s universe which means that some of his technology is not terribly advanced. With the exception of some hardwired memories, Ray relies on a 24-hour reel of memory tape, so each day he starts with a relatively clean slate.

    Imagine an old-fashioned, not-nearly-so-misanthropic Murderbot thrown into the movie Memento. Knowing that he can only trust Ada, his compu

    Well this was a lot of fun! Ray Electromatic is a robot detective-turned-gun-for-hire. Unfortunately for Ray, he lives in an alternate 1960s universe which means that some of his technology is not terribly advanced. With the exception of some hardwired memories, Ray relies on a 24-hour reel of memory tape, so each day he starts with a relatively clean slate.

    Imagine an old-fashioned, not-nearly-so-misanthropic Murderbot thrown into the movie Memento. Knowing that he can only trust Ada, his computerized boss, Ray "lives" a life carrying out the jobs she hands him. When a tall man in a dark hat gives Ray a mysterious warning, Ray must try to solve the most important mystery of his career and figure out who wants to take him out before he gets got.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this read and I'm planning on getting to the other books in the series as soon as I can. I hadn't realized this was the third (and final) instalment in the series until after I'd started reading, but I definitely didn't feel like I was missing anything. This definitely did get a bit repetitive at certain points -- there's only so many times you need to be told that the guy doesn't remember stuff from the day before, but for the most part that did not prevent me from enjoying the story.

  • Dgordon

    A worthy finale to this series answers a lot of questions with the benefit of sappy dialogue, great characters and wonderful 1960's Los Angeles atmosphere. The three books in this series should be read in order for the full impact but needless to say robots do save the world and don't save the world.

    Just a real enjoyable, fun read.

  • Maine Colonial

    Thanks to the publisher, Tor, for providing a free digital ARC via Netgalley.

    Say it ain’t so: the last Ray Electromatic novel. I don’t care if he is a robot—and a hit man—he’s a more appealing character than plenty of sci-fi or mystery protagonist.

    Ray’s tape-based memory is only good for 24-hours, so he starts every day with no memory of what happened previously. He only has his deep programming to rely on, along with his instructions from his boss, Ada. Ray’s decided this just isn’t good enough

    Thanks to the publisher, Tor, for providing a free digital ARC via Netgalley.

    Say it ain’t so: the last Ray Electromatic novel. I don’t care if he is a robot—and a hit man—he’s a more appealing character than plenty of sci-fi or mystery protagonist.

    Ray’s tape-based memory is only good for 24-hours, so he starts every day with no memory of what happened previously. He only has his deep programming to rely on, along with his instructions from his boss, Ada. Ray’s decided this just isn’t good enough, so he’s taken to making notes and stashing them places.

    I can’t say much about the plot without spoilers, but let’s just say that

    . It’s a neat little thriller of a plot that would make an entertaining movie, and the writing is snappy.

    Even though the Ray Electromatic books are described as a mashup of sci-fi and mystery, I’d say they’re more on the side of hardboiled mystery. The fact of Ray’s technology is only a big deal in a character way; it’s not like a tech-heavy space opera or anything. There are three Ray Electromatic novels, as well as a prequel short story and a novella. Here they are, in order:

    Brisk Money (Ray Electromatic #0.5) [prequel short story]

    Made to Kill (Ray Electromatic #1)

    Standard Hollywood Depravity (Ray Electromatic #1.5) [novela]

    Killing Is My Business (Ray Electromatic #2)

    I Only Killed Him Once (Ray Electromatic #3)

  • Doreen

    6/30/18 3.5 stars. Full review tk.

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