Publication Date: 18/05/2023 ISBN: 9781472156938 Category: Tag:

Titanium Noir

Nick Harkaway

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Date: 18/05/2023 ISBN: 9781472156938 Category: Tag:


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Cal Sounder works with the special crimes unit for hush-hush cases involving Titans, the elite class of über-humans. Titans have money, power and physical size to match a rhino, but they never wind-up dead. Until now. Cal’s search for answers sends him on a monster hunt laden with designer drugs, fists like bricks and damsels holding their own. The first in a planned series, this fun techno-noir is Raymond Chandler-meets-Sin City.


A virtuosic mashup of Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler by way of Marvel – the story of a detective investigating the murder of a Titan, one of society’s most powerful, medically-enhanced elites.

‘A highly entertaining, satisfying blend of classic detective noir and inventive speculative fiction’ the Guardian

‘Cross-genre brilliance from the superbly talented Nick Harkaway’ William Gibson, New York Times best-selling author of Agency

Cal Sounder is a detective working for the police on certain very sensitive cases. So when he’s called in to investigate a homicide at a local apartment, he is surprised at first to see that the victim appears to be a rather typical techie. But on closer inspection, he finds the victim is over seven feet tall. And even though he doesn’t look a day over thirty, he is actually ninety years old. Clearly, he is a Titan – one of this dystopian, near-future society’s genetically-altered elites.

There are only a few thousand Titans worldwide, all thanks to Stefan Tonfamecasca’s discovery of the controversial T7 genetic therapy, which elevated his family to near godlike status. A dead Titan is big news . . . a murdered Titan is unimaginable. But Titans are Cal’s specialty. In fact, his ex-girlfriend, Athena, is a Titan. And not just any Titan – she’s Stefan’s daughter, heir to the Tonfamecasca empire.

As Cal digs deeper into the murder investigation, he begins to unravel the complicated threads of what should have been a straightforward case, and it soon becomes clear he’s on the trail of a crime whose roots run deep into the dark heart of the world. Titanium Noir is a tightly woven, intricate tale of murder, betrayal, and vengeance.

‘I picked up Titanium Noir and then it returned the favor, sending me reeling with thrilling velocity through Nick Harkaway’s latest world of dark wonders until it set me down at the last fine Harkaway sentence with all the lightness, strength, and brilliance of its hard bright titular element’ Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning author

‘Titanium Noir blends the best of the science fiction and crime genres to create something vibrant and new. Captivating from start to finish’ the Big Issue

Publisher Review

Titanium Noir is deft and hectic and so damn fun. It’s a story-telling amphetamine laced with social commentary and it’s terrific * Lauren Beukes, author of THE SHINING GIRLS * Titanium Noir is a beautifully twisted, fast-paced new-cyberpunk fairy tale. The perfect blend of Raymond Chandler and William Gibson * Terry Miles, author of RABBITS * Cross-genre brilliance from the superbly talented Nick Harkaway * William Gibson, author of AGENCY * Nick Harkaway’s Cal Sounder is everything I could want in a new sci-fi detective: he’s smart and resourceful, good in a fight, needling of power and capable of irritating damn near everyone he meets, and willing to risk everything he has to solve his case. Maybe it’s always been true that the rich and powerful take pleasure from living life better than the rest of us: in Titanium Noir, Harkaway imagines what might happen when they decide they also want to live forever, taking us on a breakneck tour of one infuriatingly plausible future’s corruption and vice * Matt Bell, author of APPLESEED * Titanium Noir is a fun, twisty detective novel with a big science-fiction idea at its centre. Harkaway puts a new spin on classic noir themes * Dexter Palmer, author of MARY TOFT; OR, THE RABBIT QUEEN * An SF-tinged romp that blends elements of the noir thriller and the picaresque novel… An entertaining shaggy dog of a futuristic whodunit * Kirkus Reviews *

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