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Clean (Mindspace Investigation #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,839 ratings  ·  238 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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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
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
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
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
James Knapp
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
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
Dec 26, 2013 Laurel rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
All Things Urban Fantasy
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
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
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
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...
Katherine McIntyre
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Text Addict
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
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
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
Sabina Bundgaard
I need to explain something about this book first so you will understand what I’m talking about.
Some time ago there was a terrible war; the Tech Wars. Humans had been working to close to technology, incorporated it not only into their everyday life, but into their minds too. We are not told exactly what happened, and to tell you the truth I don’t think I would like to know. Too scary. Anyhow… Because of these Tech Wars, (internet) technology is not considered safe and very few are allowed to ha
Kristin Taggart
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“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 keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild
Nick Mccavitt
I'm a big science fiction fan which almost inevitably means that when I pick up a book it's a science fiction book. This book, however, was a bit of a departure for me as telepaths, telekinetics, and otherwise radically minded individuals haven't featured prominently in any work of fiction I've looked at since the last time I watched Babylon Five. I was surprised, therefore, to find this book growing on me due to 2 things; the central character and the world he moves through.

The central characte
Brian Steele
Hughes presents us with a work of genre-crossing noir in the tradition of Jim Butcher - only better. Take out the down-on-his-luck Wizard in modern day Chigaco and transplant in an ex-junkie telepath in futuristic Atlanta. If THAT doesn't already make you interested...

The world building is spectacular, with so much room to go. A planet ravaged by the "Tech Wars," who now fears computers, and a Telepath's Guild that saved them. A new drug called Strain, rampant bio-engineering, oh, and there are
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The first book in Alex Hughes’ Mindspace Investigations series is one of those stories for which the concept of “book hangover” was invented. I was so completely absorbed by her vision of near-future slightly-dystopian Atlanta, and not just because I used to live there.

This is a dark and gritty landscape in a paranoid post-Tech Wars future. Admiral Adama (Battlestar Galactica) would feel right at home, because what little Tech they have left is not allowed
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
In ‘Clean’, the main character is a nameless level 8 telepath who wrestles daily with recovery from addiction and longs to keep the trust of the people closest to him. He works with the police on cases and in interrogation due to his strong abilities and the fact he’s available because he was unceremoniously kicked out of the telepaths’ Guild due to his addiction. The author has deftly created a new dystopian world where technology is anathema and the telepathic mindspace is real. The telepath a ...more
Paul Harmon
I was very underwhelmed. none of the characters grabbed my attention, not the Main characters which consisted of the most PMS female cop Ive ever read She had two emotions the entire book REALLY pissed off and sad. The Main Character which now his name escapes me and I just finished the book five minutes ago if that tells you anything, is a wishy washy ex-addict whos suppose to be some "Golden-Boy" but came across as plain as melted wax.
The Antagonist was only in the book for a few pages and was
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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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