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Conrad Metcalf, is a down on his luck P.I., out to investigate the murder of his one-time employer Maynard Stanhunt, an even heavier drug user, and clear the man accused of his murder, Orton Angwine.
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To aid (or hinder) him along the way are genetically altered animals and babies (altered to have the mind of adults), the dystopian police, and a backroom mob scene intent on keeping track of Conrad.
But luckily for Conrad, he has the license (as a P.I.) to ask people questions, for it is illegal for civilians to ask anything of neighbors, and his own personal drug blend to help him forget the fact that he switched his male nerve workings for his lover's and she never came back, making him feel like a girl (literally).
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a killer (criminal) Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   personality change Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book If enemy is a group...    -   political faction

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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