Standard Hollywood Depravity

Standard Hollywood Depravity The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her he knew she was the dame marked in his optics the woman that his boss had warned him about Honey As the band shook the hair out of their British faces

  • Title: Standard Hollywood Depravity
  • Author: Adam Christopher
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  • Page: 366
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  • The moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about Honey As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go go dancer s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleedThe moment Raymond Electromatic set eyes on her, he knew she was the dame marked in his optics, the woman that his boss had warned him about.Honey.As the band shook the hair out of their British faces, stomping and strumming, the go go dancer s cage swung, and the events of that otherwise average night were set in motion A shot, under the cover of darkness, a body bleeding out in a corner, and most of Los Angeles population of hired guns hulking, sour faced over un drunk whiskey sours at the bar.But as Ray tries to track down the package he was dispatched to the club to retrieve, his own programming might be working against him, sending him down a long hall and straight into a mobster s paradise Is Honey still the goal or was she merely bait for a bigger catch Just your standard bit of Hollywood depravity, as tracked by the memory tapes of a less than standard robot hitman.At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.

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    About “Adam Christopher

    • Adam Christopher

      Adam Christopher s debut novel EMPIRE STATE was SciFiNow s Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year The author of MADE TO KILL, STANDARD HOLLYWOOD DEPRAVITY, and KILLING IS MY BUSINESS, Adam s other novels include SEVEN WONDERS, THE AGE ATOMIC, and THE BURNING DARK Adam has also written the official tie in novels for the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY, and the award winning DISHONORED video game franchise, and with Chuck Wendig, wrote THE SHIELD for Dark Circle Archie Comics Adam is also a contributor to the STAR WARS FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW 40th anniversary anthology.Born in New Zealand, Adam has lived in Great Britain since 2006.



    876 thoughts on “Standard Hollywood Depravity

    • Raymond Electromatic is the last robot in earth's alternate 1960's in Adam Christopher's place holder between novels. Beginning his lifecycle in book 1 "Made to Kill" as a PI, and now turned killer for hire in "Standard Hollywood Depravity". The events in this installment pretty much take place in one evening on Hollywood's not quite mean streets and mostly in a bar filled with unsavory characters. Although British author Christopher gives it a good shot, he doesn't quite bring it off and seems [...]


    • "This seemed to be my lucky night for going undercover, which was something I rarely did on account of the fact that I was not only a robot but the last robot, which tended to make me stick out in a crowd just somewhat."Robot noir? Just those words and I'm already a fan. Raymond (get it?) is the last robot in Hollywood. Intended to replace the human police, general robophobia left Raymond a lone and lonely robot, his only friend the profit-obsessed supercomputer Ada, these day he makes his money [...]


    • Received to review via Netgalley, publication date 7th March 2017Just like Made to Kill and Brisk Money, this is an entertaining story — imagine Chandler’s noir detectives, that kind of world, but add in one robot detective-become-assassin and his profit-orientated handler (actually a computer). It’s full of references and hat-tips to Chandler’s era, and though it doesn’t have Chandler’s flair with words (few people do), it’s well written and goes down easy. It’s also reasonably [...]


    • A slight caper for the Electromatic Detective, but worth a read as in-betweenquels go. VERY glad Roberts didn't pull a Kiss Me Deadly with that suitcase.


    • Standard Hollywood Depravity is a book of two shorter novellas that go along with the LA trilogy of noir robot detective novels. If you’ve read any of the series - the third novel comes out next year - then you know Raymond is the last robot on earth. He works with supercomputer Ada as a robot hitman in a world of go-go dancers, hoods, guns, and money. He also has a limited memory tape that is wiped out every 24 hours so each day is all brand new for him. It’s sort of tongue-in-cheek when th [...]


    • Enjoyable. I liked the premise more than this particular storyline. Imagine robots being created in the '40s and eventually phased out of use, ending up as PIs or hit men. Finally, by the '60s there's only 1 (or 2) left with very '40s noir sensibilities. Such is Raymond, a robot PI turned hitman who only has 24hours worth of memory. He has a sassy noir relationship with Ada, a supercomputer who manages him, but he wonders what she's hiding from him. He spends a crazy amount of time in the LA und [...]


    • A light read. Detective Noir with a robot out of place. Ye olde school electronics were fun. The story was a little pointless and disjointed.


    • This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5While I wasn't thrilled with author Adam Christopher's book Hang Wire, I'm having a blast with his tongue-in-cheek mystery/detective series 'Ray Electromatic Mysteries.'Raymond Electromatic is a robot. He's the last of his kind a programmed assassin created by the U.S. government. But the program is what got killed and Ray is the only survivor. He masquerades as a private detective, doing odd P.I. jobs in between assassi [...]


    • Earlier this year I reviewed Killing Is My Business, the second book in the Ray Electromatic series, and while Standard Hollywood Depravity doesn't quite reach the same heights as that book, it's still a fun quick read that serves as an appetizer to the full length novels in the series. Standard Hollywood Depravity reads well as both a standalone and introduction to the last robot detective (or hired killer as is the case here) while also linking in nicely with the other books. For readers famil [...]


    • Raymond Electromatic is the last robot in a world of humans. We find him in little dive bar in West Hollywood sitting among shady characters with the brims of their fedoras pulled low as they watch the Go-go dancers move to the beat of the British band. But Ray's not there for the music, the dancing, or the booze. He's there to kill someone.I liked this quick novella in the Raymond Electromatic series (# 1.5), just not quite as much as the others. Looking forward to the third novel in the trilog [...]


    • I'm enjoying this series, and I think it does a better job of being a sort of tribute to Raymond Chandler than others who have tried. Although he's a robot, Ray is conflicted, torn between his curiosity, which tends to make him want to return to his detective programming, and his current programming as a hitman. And how perfect is it to have a hitman that wipes his memory every 24 hours. I think that is the main focus for this novella, as the plot here is not at all complex. I'm not sure how I f [...]


    • As much as I liked Made to Kill, Standard Hollywood Depravity is a refreshingly interesting take. It works better as a prequel than it does as a sequel, though. The whole point of the end of the previous story was to eliminate the silly 24 hour memory MacGuffin, which has been returned as a plot point in this book with hints as to why, but no real explanation. That being said, the story is tight and works well given what is going on. A paid killer, a gathering of mobsters, a mysterious auction, [...]


    • A later Chandler novel with a robot included. A decent, short read, but I'd recommend mainlining the real deal, either Chandler's The Big Sleep or Hammet's The Glass Key.


    • This was a Giveaway 2.5 stars. It was a short and entertaining read with a specific style that was well-written but not my favourite type of style. The rating was solely based on the fact that it was not the type of book that I typically enjoy reading. It did make me feel like I was in another time and place though - which was good!


    • Retro robot noir? Yup. Fun characters and inventive world building are Adam Christopher's m.o. Not as deep as some of his other series, but just as fun. Sometimes the femme fatale is just a voice in a robot detective's head.


    • Nice, fast pace to the story. Once again, the conclusion justhappened. I've enjoyed all three adventures (which is why four stars) but the endings always seem abrupt, the outcomes undeserved. But maybe that's just me.


    • I am definitely here for anything about robot detectives, and I liked the noir style but I had the feeling a few times that I shouldn't have picked this up without first going to the effort of acquiring the first book in the series.








    • Standard Hollywood Depravity is fine. It's got a great cover and a potentially fun-sounding premise. It's highly readable and well-plotted with some inklings of interesting ideas that keep it from being pure mindless pulp. Unfortunately, the potential fun never fully materializes, and the inklings never develop into full-blown meaningful concepts. It's a too-slight story with a "twist" that's not anywhere near compelling enough to truly elevate it to being special. It is a standalone novella, wh [...]


    • Yet another great story of Ray the last robot, detective turned hired gun. There's a fascinating part of Ray for me, he's not human, far from it, but there's pangs. There's a yen. There's something in that circuitry that is human. Is it his programming? Is it our programming? Being human would be a failing for Ray, it would make him less effective, bullets would hurt him then. And Ada, Ray wants to see her as a human, not just a computer, or does he? I really like Christopher's writing, I especi [...]


    • I love everything about this series. From the concept, to the humor, and the writing is really spot on. And in true Chandler fashion, the central mystery of the book is not the point. But dammit! I really want to know what that package was all about. Maybe it just leads into the next story. I look forward to finding out.


    • First ThoughtsThe cover for the book was what really drew me into picking the book. The synopsis was also intriguing, the first story I’ve read about a robot hitman. Especially in wondering just how the conflicting programming would affect a seemingly easy job. He’s a robot right? He shouldn’t be going against his programming. That’s what gave this noir mystery a good twist.StoryThe novella is a first person telling of Raymond Electromatic’s mission to take out his target, a girl by th [...]


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