Book Review: Skinjob by Bruce McCabe

9780552171083A bomb goes off in down town San Francisco. Twelve people are dead. But this is no ordinary target. This target exists on the fault line where sex and money meet.

Daniel Madsen is one of a new breed of federal agents armed with a badge, a gun and the Bureau’s latest piece of technology. He’s a fast operator and his instructions are simple: find the bomber – and before he strikes again.

In order to understand what is at stake, Madsen must plunge into a sleazy, unsettling world where reality and fantasy are indistinguishable, exploitation is business as usual, and the dead hand of corruption reaches all the way to the top. There’s too much money involved for this investigation to stay private…

What I Thought:
Skinjob is quite an unsettling look at a potential future where our whole lives are recorded and instantly available. It doesn’t go quite as far as Minority Report, in predicting crime, but it uses real potential tech that we might be dealing with in ten years time.

McCabe paints a vivid picture of the porn industry gone into hyperdrive, where the almighty dollar is King – not so dissimilar to today really – and the novel is brilliantly plotted, with twists and turns, leading to a jaw-dropping conclusion.

Daniel Madsen is a typical damaged detective, but he’s not any less appealing for that, and I had hoped to hear that another Madsen novel was on the way but, sadly, no news as yet…

As a debut novel, Skinjob is fantastic and it’s amazing to think that it started life as a self-published novel. It goes to prove that there are some reals gems out there in the self-publish arena!

I was sent a copy of Skinjob by the publisher (Random House) in return for an honest review – all views are, as ever, my own!

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