Killing is My Business by Adam Christopher
Another golden morning in a seedy town, and a new memory tape and assignment for intrepid PI-turned-hitman―and last robot left in working order―Raymond Electromatic. But his skills may be rustier than he remembered in Killing Is My Business, the latest in Christopher’s robot noir oeuvre, hot on the heels of the acclaimed Made to Kill.
Raymond is ordered to kill a man who apparently commits suicide. Then, he’s sent on a wild goose chase after a missing man. Then, he’s told to protect a man about to die – when Ray is most likely going to have to take him out later. This string of men all begin to tie together though, despite Ray’s reset memory each morning.
Ray is a favorite character of mine – a robot with hidden depths. Full of humor and heart, despite his programming. And the noir mystery mixed with science fiction is wholly unique. This latest mystery is complex and unpredictable. And the big finale doesn’t disappoint.