Review of “Irontown Blues”


Book Reviews – “Irontown Blues” eBook was published in 2018 (August) and was written by John Varley ( Mr. Varley has published 14 novels. This novel is set in his “Eight Worlds” universe.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the future on the Moon colony. The primary character is Christopher Bach a sometimes cop and part-time private detective. His genetically enhanced bloodhound Sherlock is also a significant part of the story.

Bach lives as though he is part of the 1930s-40s era mystery genre books and movies he loves. He is engaged by a woman to investigate a crime but finds himself involved in a hunt of biohackers in the dangerous Irontown district of the Moon colony.

I thought that this was an odd 6 hour read of 304 pages. It is both science fiction and a mystery, though mostly mystery. I finished the novel, though I am not sure if I liked it very much. The cover art seems appropriate. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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