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Gangs, killers, and vampires. One war-torn detective is the only hope of survival for a crime-ridden orbiting city...

Blade Runner meets Se7en in this gritty five-story collection from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Anthony Ryan. 

Alex McLeod paid dearly during the war for independence from Earth. It left the detective disfigured, jaded and alone. In the aftermath of victory, Alex seethes as criminal factions and cold-blooded killers clash over control of the newly-liberated confederation. In his crusade for justice in the free states, he's willing to break more than a few rules along the way...

The only home Alex knows is the slums of Slab, an orbiting city teeming with lowlifes, back-stabbers and gene-spliced monstrosities. From the grimy streets of his city to the lawless Asteroid Belt, Alex goes toe-to-toe with a sharp-clawed vigilante, a mythical serial killer, and a gorgeous vampire with an ominous message. His quest won't end until his homeland earns the freedom it was promised…

But even Alex may not be able to stop the impending Reckoning and a voyage to the one place he swore he'd never return: Earth...

Slab City Blues: The Collected Stories contains four exciting novellas and one sensational novel set in a world of hard-boiled sci-fi and cyberpunk. If you like hard-nosed detectives, futuristic planets and pulse-pounding action, then you'll love Anthony Ryan's world of vampires, werewolves and space.

©2015 Anthony Ryan (P)2017 Anthony Ryan

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Solid future noir and other tales

A bunch of stories linked by The Slab, a space slum fulll of all sorts of low-lifes, incudling werewolves, vampires and genetically modified people. A solid anthology of sorts, though I think it was a case where I'd prefer if I read them. That being said, the narrator amped up the gumshoe noir feel with an excellent performance. Close to 4.5/10.

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Space detective story with extra spice

Slab City Blues manages to bring the world of the strange into Sci-Fi that I can not help but love. Anthony Ryan has filled his universe with an array of larger than life characters and at the centre is Alex Mcleod. An ex-military man now earning a living on the orbital space station The Slab.

The five stories (one novel and 4 Novellas) see Alex chasing leads and calling in favours however he is a formidable force and his "Demon" status is more than earned by the end of the book.

The narration by Steven Brand fits perfectly with the gritty nature as he breathes life into the characters helping to wrap the project up perfectly.