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Clean (Mindspace Investigations #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,351 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews

I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective 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 ke
Paperback, 1st Edition, 340 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Roc
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Oct 27, 2012 Felicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-paranormal
Taking a break from the more lady-driven books I've been reading lately, I picked this urban paranormal book up with a male protagonist, solely on the interesting world it seemed to have. And I highly recommend it!

It's a world where tech has collapsed and telekinetics have evolved, and our protagonist is a junkie who works for the police force. Now, our protagonist (who remains unnamed almost the whole book because it's first person) is not the most uplifting character, but his struggle with hi
Lisa Bouchard
Sep 06, 2012 Lisa Bouchard rated it it was amazing
This is a great book.

I read a lot of science fiction, because I love the new and different worlds and the problems that are often so different from my own. Clean is different because the best part of this book is the main character. Even with all his problems, he’s a guy you want to know and a guy you’d want as a friend if you were in trouble. I love his emotional vulnerability and how he continues to do the right thing, even when the personal cost is very high.

And of course, I still love the
Jan 06, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
A deeply-flawed, drug addicted telepath acts as a police consultant to help bring down a serial killer. The stakes are raised when a vision puts him in the killer’s path. Can he bring down this murderous monster or will his premonition come sooner than expected?

I received a review copy from the author in exchange for a fair review.

Alex Hughes has crafted a compelling universe for her characters to play in. A self-admitted cop show junkie, Hughes mashed her love of police procedurals together wit
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 05, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
This world is a dystopian world, kind of light on the sci-fi. Years ago, (in recent enough memory for people to still remember) there was a huge Tech War, where super-viruses split people’s minds from the inside, resulting in a huge death toll. Half a century later, no one trusts computer chips. So it may take days to send one email and the now small web is regarded with fear and much respect. Not to say there are no advancements in this world. They have some cars that fly and there are telepath ...more
Dany Burns
Mar 16, 2016 Dany Burns rated it really liked it
I thought this was an enjoyable book to read. At times the characters frustrated me, or I thought the book moved too fast or too slow at some parts but overall it was an enjoyable mystery type novel. The main character whose name you don't know until the end of the book was an interesting character and I thought he had a lot of dimension. He could be frustrating but I think if that adds to the character than its okay. He could be a bit too pessimistic for my taste at times but for him and his li ...more
James Knapp
Sep 06, 2012 James Knapp rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Clean. I provided a blurb for the jacket - here is the full review the blurb came from:

Hughes's world is an interesting mix of old and new, a world of flying cars and noir-ish, steamy streets that are a fun blend of Chinatown and Blade Runner. The cat-and-mouse murder investigation between those who can both kill and hunt with the power of the mind is fascinating, and while Hugh knows how to unfold a mystery to be sure she never loses sight of her characters' humanity. She under
Jul 11, 2014 He110Ne0 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. Approximately 80-90 pages into what should have stayed on someone's desk as a rough outline of a good idea, I wanted to scream at my monitor. I skipped to the end of the book and read the last 3 chapters instead.

Here we have all the elements for a good sci-fi/urban fantasy/destroyed-future concept. Telepaths who answer to a different government known as The Guild, the recovering modern (but future) America after Technology Wars that were based on data corruption and
All Things Urban Fantasy
Sep 07, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

CLEAN is a cool book. That’s all there is to it. It has the kind of worldbuilding you can sink your teeth into, a damaged anti-hero who falls for an even more damaged anti-heroine, and an investigation to catch a teleporting serial killer.

The procedural aspects of CLEAN are sharp and interesting even for a reader who doesn’t normally go for procedurals. The real hook, however, was the worldbuilding. A small percentage of the population has an Ability. T
Text Addict
Apr 22, 2013 Text Addict rated it it was amazing
I've held this review for over a week now, because I've been trying to explain to myself why it's a five-star book to me. All I've got is this: give me a character who grits their teeth and pushes on through internal and external devastation, back them up with decent world-building and secondary characters and plot, and I am yours, authors. Write more books for me, please.

Our hero - I can't remember or even easily find his name, a hazard of the first-person narrative - regularly attends Narcoti
Aug 26, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it
The world setting is very good -- a bit like NEUROMANCER -- the dark and gritty urban setting that I'm partial to. The characters, however.... The protagonist is more than a little bit of a Gary Stu. He's whiny but a 8 star or something that makes him better than even the "elites" in their system and he can read the minds of 90 out of a 100 people at a time (I kid you not the book says this) (how is he not crazy yet) (oh wait that maybe explains some of this) and the BEST non-official detective ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Laurel rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Urban sci-fi crime noir? Whatever it is, it hits all the high points I like in a good book. Excellent character development, a nice pace, well developed plot, great suspense and plenty of action. I'm in!

Style wise, I'd recommend this to Dresden and/or October Daye fans. A really great debut.
Apr 30, 2016 Amyiw rated it it was amazing
Ended up really, really liking it even with my complaints at the 1/2 way review. Most of the points are still valid with the drug addiction but I think his addiction was handled pretty well and the investigation was quite good. Continuing on in the series, I hope that the people he is surrounded by start giving him a little more respect. I still don't like his partner much and hope that she will becomes less of a strike out and ask questions later type of person. He likes her so I would hope I w ...more
Adam was a successful and talented member of the Telepaths’ Guild until his drug habit got him kicked out. Now he works for the Atlanta police department as a consultant and interrogator: after all, a Level Eight Telepath like Adam, who can quite literally get inside a criminal’s head, helps immensely when it comes to extracting confessions. Despite being one of the most successful interrogators on the force, his ongoing struggles with his addiction as well as the mutual distrust between “normal ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, sf
I love finding great books through random pickup at the library! Take a typical mid-range police procedural (grittier than Agatha Christie and less weighty than Colin Dexter), then throw in a few twists: society is recovering from the Tech War, we have flying cars, psi-talents and the protagonist is a consulting telepath partnered with a homicide detective! So, maybe it's Lisa Gardner/Anne Perry crossed with Jim Butcher.

I'm looking for book 2 right now...
Feb 17, 2016 Aya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mindscape Investigations: 1
This story is told in first-person, which isn't weird except that the reader doesn't find out the main character's name until the end of the book! Seemed like a cheap ploy to have a cutesy end scene. None of the people he interacts with ever calls him by name, not even his off and on partner of six years, with whom he's fallen stupidly in love with. The relationships in this story don't make sense. There is a sense that the main character is close to Isabella, but she
Jan 27, 2016 Gergana marked it as zzz-books-not-for-me
Read from September 10 to 11, 2015
DNF at 26%. Too bored, not enough action, too much thinking/talking/analyzing for my taste. Just not my cup of tea. Crime thriller is a genre I tend to avoid unless there's enough fantasy/supernatural stuff going on to keep me interested. Not this time. Clean is a good book, but not MY kind of book. Moving on.
Katherine McIntyre
Aug 31, 2012 Katherine McIntyre rated it it was ok
So, I got this book as part of the First Reads program and was anxious to give it a try. I love urban fantasy and the story sounded really fun.

The writing is solid and the book contains some interesting and unique worldbuilding. The whole system of telepaths is well thought out and works well within the story.

I had two big issues with this book. First off was that the first half felt very reminiscent to 'Stormfront' by Jim Butcher.

But the biggest problem I had by far were the characters. Chera
Kathy Martin
Sep 05, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
CLEAN is a new urban fantasy with a unique main character. He is a very powerful telepath who has been kicked out of the Guild because of a drug habit. The Guild controls, educates, and certifies for employment those who have strong psychic abilities. The Guild saved Western Civilization during the Tech Wars but had to get very scary to do so. Now, by treaty, they govern their own and keep their own secrets.

Our hero now works for the police primarily as an interviewer and battles his addiction.
Jul 06, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: has-read
A excellent dystopian novel. After the Tech-Wars, tech is gone and what is left is The Guild that overlooks a sect of people who have abilities and then there are the norms.

The whole novel takes place in Atlanta. for me Atlanta is home so it made the story just that much better. The protagonist is a strung out ex-junkie who is a high level telepath. He consults with the police to solve crimes. Amazingly this sets the story for a relationship that's not really a relationship with a cop he works
Dr susan
Jan 24, 2015 Dr susan rated it it was amazing
Wow! I will write a full review in the morning... As a child, I loved science fiction. Clean is not what I loved as a child; it is everything I love as an adult. Although I am not fond of post- apocalyptic books, this world snuck up on me. The scary apocalypse is not 'in the reader's face', but is presented gradually as the hero struggles to find his place in this world. Written in first person (I admit I love this point of view), the reader understands the characters from the telepath hero's pe ...more
2.5 STARS.

Started out SO promisingly. Police procedural plus junkie telepath plus the thrill of chasing a murder. Tantalizing glimpse of a classification system for levels of extrasensory abilities. Delicious hints of an apocalyptic war due to technology.

And then it all unraveled.

As other reviews mentioned, and that I could not ignore: this novel tried to juggle too many elements, and ended up with most of them scattered on the floor. All the characters were varying levels of cliche. The police
Oct 11, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a recent giveaway. I really enjoyed this book. It is a cross of detective novel and science fiction. It takes place in Atlanta in a not so distant future. It has interesting charters and plenty of action. I live in the south and have been to Atlanta several times. It is a refreshing change for the book to be set there instead of New York or Los Angeles like so many other books. I am looking forward to reading more books in this new series.
Sep 21, 2012 Stella rated it really liked it
Clean is the first book in Alex Hughes new exciting gritty urban fantasy series: the first in the Mindspace Investigations novels. We are sometime in the future where things are a bit changed and unfamiliar (artificial organs, anti- graviton generators for flying cars, drug-assisted telepathy), but not too far-fetched or unrealistic to make it difficult for the reader to picture or comprehend them (like deadly toxic rainwater). However it is interesting to see that due to the horrible Tech Wards ...more
Bitsy Vontrapp
Sep 13, 2013 Bitsy Vontrapp rated it it was ok
I truly hate to say this, but it's been a very long time since I've read a book that showed so much potential in concept and bombed so completely in the delivery. This story line sounded fascinating and the book starts off fairly decently, with a mystery murder and some stock cop characters. But it immediately devolves into an AA/addict melodrama complete with minutiae-filled AA sponsor meetings and chapters consisting mainly of talks about "working the steps" and other AA boringness. Not to men ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I'm really struggling with how to rate this novel. On the one hand, I had a hard time putting it down and was very caught up in both the story and the characters. While some things bugged me a bit while reading, they seem to grow in retrospect as the action of the plot slowly fades.

I think part of the problem is that both main characters have some aspects that I have a hard time respecting. The protagonist (whose name is only give at the very end--very effectively done, BTW), is a drug addict an
Clean is a mixed bag. It’s a middle of the road novel that is fun and fast moving with a definite hardboiled cop feel to it which will please many readers. However, if you look a little deeper, things are a bit frayed and messy. This is a first novel, and the first book in a series, and I think Hughes sets a firm foundation for herself. There is plenty here for her to grow on in future books and there is real potential to turn this series into something a bit more memorable and lasting than the ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Interesting debut featuring a telepath struggling to stay clean while assisting the police in a search for a serial killer.

The first installment in the Mindspace Investigation series is a sci-fi mystery set in an alternate version of Atlanta with telepaths, teleporters, and occasionally some telekinesis.

The protagonist is a former addict still struggling with his recovery, constantly craving a drug known as satin.

He's a high level telepath working with the DeKalb County Police Department as one
Kathy Davie
Feb 07, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
First in the Mindspace Investigation urban fantasy/police procedural based in a dystopian world that fell apart when computer viruses, well, "ate" the world. The series is based in Atlanta.

My Take
There was a very real quality to the story, enhanced by Hughes' treatment of his male protagonist. Adam screwed up. Big time. Now he's struggling to cope with his addiction, the scorn from everyone with whom he works, and his own attraction to his partner.

Hughes certainly paints a depressing picture, an
Sep 04, 2013 Bluefly rated it really liked it
Una storia originale e ben raccontata, che fa arrivare alla fine senza mai annoiare. Il protagonista, di cui apprenderemo il nome solo alla fine, è una voce narrante che mi ha fatto tenerezza. Un eroe caduto, un telepate prodigio che poteva fare qualsiasi cosa e, invece, si è rovinato da solo, e ora sta faticosamente risalendo la china, fra mille problemi, il disprezzo dei colleghi e la sfiducia in se stesso. Ma c'è un serial killer da prendere, e lui, questa volta, può fare la differenza.
Un ro
Lot going for this. I loved the psychic stuff, and the fact that the narrator (it's 1st person narr and we don't learn his name until the end, which is surprisingly effective here) is trying desperately to stay off his drug-of-choice. It didn't hurt that he'd been blameless in becoming addicted in the first place. I usually like procedurals with sf/f settings anyway, and the combo here was good. BUT. The relentlessness of the struggle to remain clean is more than just depressing, it's a bit dull ...more
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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 publishe
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