Sharp : Mindspace Investigations

  • by Alex Hughes
  • Narrated by Daniel May
  • Series: Mindspace Investigations
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

History has a way of repeating itself, even for telepaths....
As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop - I never will be - and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.
And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.
Parts for illegal Tech - the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars 60 years ago - are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all....


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/SHärp/ synonyms: acute, fierce, seering

listened to Alex Hughes' "Clean: A Mindspace Investigation Novel, Book 1” (2012) last year. I was looking for a light, fun listen after a summer listening to serious non-fiction. "Clean" was on sale, and I didn't look too closely at the description. I thought I was getting a modern police procedural, but I stumbled into a Sci-Fi Investigator novel, melded with addiction fiction. It wasn't the book cotton candy I thought I was getting, but I enjoyed it.

"Addiction fiction" is the name of a genre I've read or listened to occasionally without knowing it was a category on its own. I read James Frey's supposedly-true "A Million Little Pieces" (2003) before the word was out that Frey's book was fiction. I was angry that my time had been wasted, but not so mad that I didn't read his 2008 "Bright Shining Morning." Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep," the 2013 sequel to King's 1977 "The Shining" is on the top 10 lists of addiction fiction.

King, Frey, and Alex Hughes all write with the agonized longing and exquisite need of addicts "in recovery." Well, that's the sanitized name for what it is. An addict who has given up his or her substance of choice is ever aware that the drug is always just outside the door waiting, sometimes patiently, sometimes pounding on the door to be let back in. It's a stalker waiting for that moment of unguarded vulnerability to take control of your life again. I feel that way about cigarettes, which remains (for a while longer, at least) a legal addiction.

"Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Book #2" (2013) is an apt title for the need, and a counterpoint to police civilian technician Adam's mental state at the beginning. He's anything but sharp. His near top-rated telepathic abilities have disappeared, perhaps forever. He's reduced to close observation of body language to tell when someone's lying, and a telepath's reputation to scare criminals into confessions. Adam's wondering if he's lost what makes him who he is when two women from his past, lives ruined, reappear.

It's a good listen, but it doesn't fit easily into any one genre. It's definitely addiction fiction, but the drugs don't rise quite to the level of becoming a character in the novel. It's urban Sci-Fi and dystopian fantasy, set on top of a mystery following conventional mystery rules. There's enough in the plot for a reader/listener to solve the mystery eventually - bug enough false leads, blind turns and dead ends to make the solve fun. And the supporting characters - particularly Adam's love interest - Hughes is starling to give her dimensions that make her interesting, not the stock character she was in "Clean."

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

A normal troubled guy with super powers...

I bought books 1 and 2 quite awhile ago then forgot about them. When I found Clean in my library, I charged right through it. It was one of the better urban fantasies I've read in a long time, so I then read this book which, it turned out, I liked just as much as the first book. So I went and bought the next two in the series as well.

It's an urban fantasy with a male main character who is nothing at all like Dresden (or Mike Carey's Castor for that matter) - he is troubled and challenged and doesn't necessarily know what he is doing all the time - which is why I like him so much. He isn't a super hero, even though he does have super powers of a sort. It is also a decent detective novel, with hints of noir... if the setting didn't include super natural abilities, it could actually fit within the detective/procedural genre fairly easily.

I like the character development; I like the fact that the main character isn't full of himself and sometimes lacks confidence - just like a normal person would in his circumstances. The narration is very good. There is no sex or gore and...I don't think there is much swearing - least I didn't notice it if there was.
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- crazybatcow "I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios