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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Book Review: Clean by Alex Hughes

Clean (Mindspace Investigations #1) by Alex Hughes


I used to work for the Telepaths’ Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.

Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

Clean is a new urban fantasy with an interesting main character. He is a powerful telepath who has been kicked out of the Guild because of a drug habit. He is no longer trusted by anyone at the Guild. He works as a consultant for the Police Dept and helps out with the interrogations, since he can use his abilities to get the truth out of the suspects that the “norms” cannot. I’m not quite sure how the leveling goes for those with abilities, but it is mentioned a few times in the book that the main character is a Level 8 telepath.

The relationships that are in the book are very strained, and rightfully so, the main character has lost trust with pretty much everyone around him. He is having a very difficult time trying to stay off the drugs and get his job done at the same time. He tries to keep his distance while being protective of his partner Isabella.

If you are wondering, yes the main character does have a name, but you do not find it out until the end of the book, and it threw me for a loop that I didn’t notice the entire time I was reading Clean that the main character's name was never mentioned.

Parts of this book screamed out scenes of The Lawnmower Man by Stephen King, in a very good way. You find out what kind of testing the Guild has been doing to help people increase their abilities. Along with the use of AO’s (artificial organs) which made me think of Ghost in the Shell. If you are the kind of person that is into the cyber-punk style of book you will like this one.

4 Sheep

Guest Reviewer: Danielle D.

About the author:

Alex Hughes was born in Savannah, GA and moved to the south Atlanta area when she was eight years old. Shortly thereafter, her grandfather handed her a copy of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonrider series, and a lifelong obsession with scifi was born.

Alex is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop and a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Her short pieces are published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction and White Cat Magazine. She blogs about writing craft, revision, and editing at

Alex’s work is complex, dark, adventurous, and a little funny, with a emphasis on great characters and interesting worlds. She gets her inspiration from history (she majored with a European history focus in college), family members, and headlines, as well as whatever book she has in her hand. Lately she’s been reading neuroscience books; the brain’s a cool, cool place and the mind even more so.

An avid cook and foodie, Alex loves great food of any stripe – even better if she can figure out how to put it together. Great food is like a great book; it has lots of layers that work together beautifully, and the result is delicious and harmonious. She’s working on figuring out Indian food right now – suggestions welcome!

Alex loves swing dancing, tetris, music of all kinds, and has been known to get into long conversations with total strangers at restaurants about the Food Network, much to the embarrassment of her sister. She can also balance a spoon on her nose while crossing her eyes, and talk for hours about absolutely nothing.

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  1. That sounds like an interesting read.

  2. Thanks for the review, the other review I read for this book was positive as well. Will have to add it to my list.

  3. You sure are intriguing me! I have added it to the neverending wishlist.