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Title:
Chimera
Author:
Shetterly, Will.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 2000.
Physical Description:
285 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312866303
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Book

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Zoe Domingo, part of a new genetically altered species designed to be sold as slaves, becomes a murder suspect when her abolitionist former owner is found murdered.


Author Notes

Will Shetterly lives in Bisbee, Arizona, with his beloved wife, Emma Bull, and his tolerated cat, Buddha. (They didn't name him. They don't know who Buddha fooled into thinking he was enlightened.) He writes novels, screenplays, short stories, and comic books. He's proudest of Dogland -your mileage may vary. He thinks his two best short stories are "The Princess Who Kicked Butt" and "Dream Catcher."In 1994, he ran for Governor of Minnesota and finished third in a field of six. It really isn't worth watching Toxic Zombies to see his very brief appearance in a very bad movie.


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Booklist Review

In the twenty-first century, gene splicing can produce a human-shaped being with a killer whale's strength and ferocity and artificial intelligence (AI) that can be selfish as a four-year-old. Part-animal chimeras and AIs aren't fully equal to humans, however; chimeras, for instance, can go murderously insane without warning. Should such creations have the rights of humans? PI Chase Maxwell is reasonably enlightened but hadn't thought much about such issues. Then a lithe, beautiful jaguar-woman interrupts his game of five-card stud. Zoe Domingo is wanted for the apparent murder of her patron and friend, an elderly roboticist. She says she didn't do it and blames a rogue copbot. Suddenly, the police, a chimera-rights activist, a powerful CEO, and some garden-variety gangsters are all interested in her. Shetterly revs up the sf concept of animal-human hybrids with his Spenserish PI hero, who both shoots straight and makes a great sandwich. Vivid characters and a tense, sexy story line enliven the excellent cyberthriller's themes of choice, freedom, and responsibility. --Roberta Johnson


Publisher's Weekly Review

The protagonist of Shetterly's competent and fast-paced new SF thriller (after Dogland)DL.A.-based private detective Chase "Max" MaxwellDhas the usual helpings of streetwise attitude and noir sensitivity; he's a classic down-and-out, low-on-cash, cranky PI who's a sucker for a sexy client. But as a citizen of Shetterly's hazily imagined future, he's also got a pocket inside his wrist where he keeps his gun. Desperate for money, Maxwell has accepted a case from an exotic, genetically engineered chimera named Zoe DomingoDwho's half jaguar and half human. In Maxwell's world, chimeras are regarded as slaves and animals, and Zoe's in a heap of trouble. She's wanted by the police for the murder of her adoptive mother, artificial intelligence expert Dr. Janna Gold. Things turn from the standard bad to the standard worse: Maxwell's erstwhile love interest, a cop assigned to the murder investigation, turns out to be a robot assassin who proceeds to kill Max's first lead in the caseDa non-human-rights lawyer named Amos Tauber. Meanwhile, the cops (and plenty of other bad guys) are looking for a powerful, earring-shaped device that Gold gave Zoe before she died. After a few shootouts, a car chase or two and a change in Maxwell's outlook, the PI finds himself following clues back to Oberon Chain, head of the pro-chimera-rights Chain FoundationDwhose charitable activities mask his true intentionsDand to Zoe, with whom he's fallen in love. Plenty of action, engaging characters and multilayered intrigue keep this story humming, but Shetterly's engrossing imaginary world never quite comes to life in the manner of, say, Jonathan Lethem's similar SF-noir classic, Gun, with Occasional Music. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

In the near future, genetically engineered creatures known as chimera hold the legal status of property, falling outside the parameters of human civil rights. When a desperate jaguar woman hires private detective Chase Maxwell to protect her from a murder conviction, the chase begins, plunging both Maxwell and his client into a deadly political and legal conspiracy. Shetterly (Dogland) combines fast-paced action and wisecracking heroes in this sf noir novel that belongs in large sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

The protagonist of Shetterly's competent and fast-paced new SF thriller (after Dogland)--L.A.-based private detective Chase "Max" Maxwell--has the usual helpings of streetwise attitude and noir sensitivity; he's a classic down-and-out, low-on-cash, cranky PI who's a sucker for a sexy client. But as a citizen of Shetterly's hazily imagined future, he's also got a pocket inside his wrist where he keeps his gun. Desperate for money, Maxwell has accepted a case from an exotic, genetically engineered chimera named Zoe Domingo--who's half jaguar and half human. In Maxwell's world, chimeras are regarded as slaves and animals, and Zoe's in a heap of trouble. She's wanted by the police for the murder of her adoptive mother, artificial intelligence expert Dr. Janna Gold. Things turn from the standard bad to the standard worse: Maxwell's erstwhile love interest, a cop assigned to the murder investigation, turns out to be a robot assassin who proceeds to kill Max's first lead in the case--a non-human-rights lawyer named Amos Tauber. Meanwhile, the cops (and plenty of other bad guys) are looking for a powerful, earring-shaped device that Gold gave Zoe before she died. After a few shootouts, a car chase or two and a change in Maxwell's outlook, the PI finds himself following clues back to Oberon Chain, head of the pro-chimera-rights Chain Foundation--whose charitable activities mask his true intentions--and to Zoe, with whom he's fallen in love. Plenty of action, engaging characters and multilayered intrigue keep this story humming, but Shetterly's engrossing imaginary world never quite comes to life in the manner of, say, Jonathan Lethem's similar SF-noir classic, Gun, with Occasional Music. (July) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.