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KOP (Juno Mozambe Mystery #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  783 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Juno is a dirty cop with a difficult past and an uncertain future. When his family and thousands of others emigrated to the colony world of Lagarto, they were promised a bright future on a planet with a booming economy. But before the colonists arrived, everything changed. An opportunistic Earth-based company developed a way to produce a cheaper version of Lagarto's main e ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Tor Books
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Sci-fi Noir
5th out of 62 books — 14 voters
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Science Fiction Detective Novels
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70% hardboiled detective mystery +
30% science fiction thriller +
100% of it so grim, dark and noiry that you’d need a military searchlight just to brighten it up to bleak...

Equals a shockingly good, knock-me-down surprise that far exceeded my expectations.

A win...a gem...a terrific discovery.


Juno Mozambe is a dirty, dirty cop. I mean filthy. He’s an enforcer/bag man man for the Chief of Koba’s Office of Police (aka KOP), where he spends his days collecting payoffs from bars, broth
Sci-fi noir with a bent cop protagonist who is so short of redeemable features he just might kick cats? Sweet! I'd read that in a heartbeat.

Bent cop who wants to retire to the country thrown in to the middle of a gang war with a hot female rookie partner, on an alien planet seven hundred years in the future which nevertheless reads like a near future Earth slum and an author telling the story who likes to jabber on unnecessarily? Ugh! No thanks chap.

I picked up on the tells early on and it didn'
Jan 15, 2016 Erik rated it it was ok
Is there such a thing as a good psychopath?


I think so. I mean, if you move past the fact that ‘psychopath’ is more or less defined as evil. But what about a person who lacks any sort of emotional warmth or empathy? Couldn’t this person use his intellect to make the choice of doing the right thing? Couldn’t this person be taught – by himself or others – to mechanically follow a righteous path? Or is it true what Robin Williams says to Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting: that you can never su
Aug 08, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it
Interesting world that was conceived for this book. I found the story to be good, plotting good and fast-paced with good diversions. Some of the subject matter probably will offend or bother a few readers, not me. I think that the premise of how a "corrupt" police force was actually created to bring order and peace to the civilian population to be a nice twist on things.

It reminds me of a lesser story in the original Star Trek series. Cute and fun to see the characters in it, but not anything t
Paul Nelson
Jan 27, 2013 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Kop is a police come mafia thriller set on another world far, far away. Lagarto, with a once booming economy, changed almost overnight to a stricken slum planet after the secrets of its main export, a unique brandy was stolen, replicated and produced more cheaply elsewhere. Now the only way any serious money can be made is illegal drugs, prostitution and slave trading but for those who made the long trip from earth hoping for prosperity many years ago, all that's left is Tenttown, disease and de ...more
I never really got into this book (I figure I read about a third), but we had a good discussion at book club. The main character is an antihero, which I rarely like, and it's in first person POV, making it worse for me to try to be in the characters head. The setting is depressing also, a run down backwater planet that nobody likes. The plot is a mystery, dead body and dirty politics. I complained that the women that I saw (except the rookie cop) were all side players, except maybe the one who r ...more
Mark Stevens
Aug 16, 2014 Mark Stevens rated it it was amazing
Start “Kop” and you will feel right at home in a dark story of dirty justice, mean streets, creepy thugs and embedded corruption. These streets just happen to be on a planet named Lagarto where the reptiles, both the human and animal variety, tend to get their way. My reading list skews to earthbound mysteries so my credentials at reviewing sci-fi (mash up or straight up) are dubious. But Warren Hammond built a mucky murky world up there on the Lagarto and then imagined a rip-roaring plot with t ...more
Jan 09, 2009 Darrell rated it really liked it
This book was fantastic. I love a good crime novel and with the sci-fi mixed in it was just awesome. I loved the characters. They were well developed and Juno was a very real hero in this tale. He had flaws and didn't come off like Bruce Willis in the Die Hard movies. He got hurt,he had limits,and he felt real. I can't wait to read Warren Hammond's next book- EX-KOP. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes crime novels and don't worry about the sci-fi in it, it really doesn't hold back ...more
Inken Purvis
Aug 13, 2015 Inken Purvis rated it did not like it
Okay, I didn't actually read this one all the way through. I skimmed it after the first few chapters because I was desperate to find it out if it would get any more interesting or less melodramatic. I really like sci-fi! I really like mysteries! I was looking forward to a novel that apparently combined both, but this read more like a movie script than a book. I'm not saying I wouldn't try something else by this author, but this one just didn't click with me.
Sep 30, 2012 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok
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Feb 14, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it
Shelves: trl, dnf
I was intrigued by the premise of a mystery set on another planet as I have an affinity for genre-blending stories. Too bad it didn't live up to my hopes. I could only stand to read through chapter 11 before putting this lump down.[return][return]The setting for the story is a totally corrupt society on a backwater planet. Very much like Simon Green's Nightside, but instead of dark and spooky, the world is sweaty and moldy. Dark and spooky = interesting. Sweaty and moldy? Just eww.[return][retur ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Meghan rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, apocalyptic
I read this book as a spec for a film script, and I definitely see the cinematic appeal here, especially for people interested in sci-fi or cop procedural television. I wish there had been more character development though. There's potential for such a raw and interesting relationship between the leads, but instead most of the novel is devoted to iguanas with laser claws and metal teeth and the crime side of the city of Koba. I needed something to balance out the action.
Jan 09, 2015 Tasula rated it liked it
A corrupt vice cop on a poor planet is asked by his ex-partner chief of police to investigate a murder, and to partner with an entitled rookie with strong ethics. The world is well described, the characters vivid and believable, the tragedies sad.
Apr 07, 2009 Ron rated it liked it
This is a good gritty noir novel in a science fiction setting. The technology is incidental, and the backwater planet could be any steamy little third-world nation. That said, it is enjoyable for what it is. the hero is a former enforcer for the police, hopelessly mired in the endemic corruption of a poor city-state on a poor planet. He is roped into an investigation that may be beyond his tired old self, saddled with a spit-shiny by-the-book new partner, encounters what seems like random mayhem ...more
Jul 26, 2009 Stefan rated it really liked it
Kop was an engaging and science-fiction mystery. I liked how the protagonist was flawed and complicated, because it prevented the story from being stereotypical or tedious. The author descriptively created a dark, despairing world populated with acts of bribery, violence, and poverty. This story was not extremely depressing, however, because the main character, who did many things he later regretted, did have a streak of goodness in him. A well written mystery in a well-developed futuristic sett ...more
Scott Holstad
Mar 11, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Seldom have I enjoyed a novel so much as I enjoyed this one. It's a gritty, noir mystery wrapped up in a sci fi package and it doesn't disappoint. I feel drained from reading it and I don't think I can write anything worthy enough to do it justice, so I'll just highlight some things for those reading this review.

Juno Mozambe is a bad man. Yet he's a cop. A dirty cop. Very dirty. Former enforcer for the Chief of Koba’s Office of Police (aka KOP) on Lagarto, a world that once exported a type of wi
Sep 24, 2009 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The language is very rough. The violence is very graphic. It's not for the squeamish. It combines hard boiled detective and science fiction. Superb plot lines. Outstanding descriptions of people and locations. Fast paced.
The protagonist is all too human - nasty, old, weak, a drunk - but you're rooting for him all the way.
Renee Bennett
Jan 10, 2014 Renee Bennett rated it it was ok
Interesting book, but...

It took a while for me to read this, but not because this is a good mystery, with a well-plotted story, plenty of twists, and some decent characterization -- all of which it is and has. But part of me was digging its heels in and snarling at it, and it took finishing the book for me to figure out what it was.

Juno Mozambe is a crooked cop. He knows it. He doesn't enjoy it, but he accepts it as necessary to his life. Then a rookie partner, a bizarre murder, a rival mob, and
Jan 08, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing series. It is dark and gritty and it feels very criminal world in a way that many books about criminals do not. Mostly because they're running around saving the world and the fact that the characters are criminals simply provide plot points and convenient connections. This man's connections are as inconvenient as they are convenient. His habits betray him. He is an addict to his own dirty cop habits and so his struggle to survive and thrive is on more fronts than the material ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Ben rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
It's a noir mystery in a science fiction setting. But it could easily have been set in another place and another time, without losing anything of essence from the story. So I don't really want to classify this as science fiction.

The story illustrates the eternal struggle between the haves and the have-nots, and a cop who started out as an idealist wanting to make a difference but became bent by a difficult reality.

Juno is a cop at the end of his career, tasked with solving a politically sensiti
Matt De
Feb 10, 2014 Matt De rated it really liked it
First up, knock off between one to four stars from my rating depending on your feelings regarding anti heroes and horrible people doing horrible things to each other. It gets very dark and very grim.

As others have mentioned, it's a solid mystery novel with some questionable world building. On the interesting side, it sets up a scenario where slow space travel can genuinely leave people well and truly screwed. Not 100% original, but the author turns it up to 11. Then there is the problem of off
Sep 21, 2012 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juno is a dirty cop. His former partner, now chief of police, formed a bond with a crime lord 25 years before the beginning of the novel. The murder that opens the novel is associated with their affairs.
The world in which Kop is set is a planet distant 20 year of travel from any other inhabited planet, this involves that the world is extremely poor and the technology is extremely obsolete. This fact make this novel not belong to both mystery and science-fiction genre as it appears reading the su
Joe Stamber
Sep 17, 2012 Joe Stamber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
After perusing other reviews I wasn't sure how much I'd like this one, but I did my best to start it with an open mind. Despite lapping it up when I was younger, I'm not much of a fan of Sci-Fi, but I liked the idea of a Crime/Mystery with a twist so I gave it a go.

My first comment is that the most negative review I read on this page states that the main character, Juno, has no redeeming qualities and that he must be physically unimpressive as he is never described. Anyone who has read the book
I recently read another first novel (I really love reading first novels of authors) which hinted at noir, but didn't quite pull it all together. I was disappointed. Kop, however, didn't disappoint, but left me eager to read the next in the series. The characters were flawed enough to be real, hopeful enough to keep the reader rooting for their ultimate success. The plot was well thought out, with enough character development to keep me interested beyond the eventual revelation of "who dun it."

Mouldy Squid
May 15, 2013 Mouldy Squid rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A hard-boiled, corrupt cop noir story infused with some science fiction. As a noir mystery/thriller, KOP is pretty good. As science fiction, it's not so good. While the author manages to create a believable and consistent colony world, the science fiction extends no further than that. Neither the plot, nor the ultimate resolution, rely on science or any of the common science fiction tropes or themes. Simply setting your story on an alien world and giving the characters laser pistols does not mak ...more
Joshua Palmatier
Aug 27, 2010 Joshua Palmatier rated it really liked it
Kop is Warren Hammond's debut novel and I always try to support new authors when their first books appear. I bought this one at a con because it looked interesting, a little edgy and dark, even though I don't typically read SF that much.

I'm glad I did. I really liked this. As the cover suggests, it IS dark and edgy and gritty, with a ton of atmosphere and an intereting main character (who is anything but perfect) and an intriguing plot.

The basic premise is the main character, Juno, is a cop on t
Oct 26, 2011 Acturi rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
There's a lot to like about this book. Especially if you're like me, and a sucker for noir integrated into other things and interesting settings.

On those two counts, this book does really well. The setting makes fabulous use of a massive space travel delay, and begins with the assumption that while future haves may have way shinier things, the have-nots may continue not-having in much the same way that they always have.

The characters are good fun, too. A bit familiar, if you've read anything els
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Jessica Strider
Nov 22, 2012 Jessica Strider rated it really liked it
Pros: gritty, complex characters, intricate mystery

Cons: gritty

Juno Mozambe is a member of the Koba Office of Police, and like the chief, Paul, his former partner, and numerous other members of KOP, he's dirty. When Paul asks him to take a homicide case his trembling right hand and concerned wife remind him that his enforcer days are over. But this is an important case and Juno can't say no to Paul, even when Paul sticks him with a new partner, fresh from the academy Maggie Orzo. Something's goi
Nov 18, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it

I started KOP because I was led to it by an article about science fiction noir that I have, alas, forgotten. KOP is thoroughly noir, thoroughly science fiction. I was hooked immediately. Juno Mozambe is a dirty cop working for the Koba Office of Police (KOP), which he and his friend and chief, Paul, took over years ago. Koba is the primary city of the sweaty, dirty world of Lagarto.

When an army officer on leave winds up dead in an alley, Juno--a vice cop who has given up his enforcer ways--is ca
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Warren grew up in the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Upon obtaining his teaching degree from the University at Albany, he moved to Colorado, married his wife Kathy, and settled in the Platt Park neighborhood of Denver where he can usually be found typing away at the local coffee shop or browsing the selection at the Tattered Cover.

His first novel, KOP, was published by Tor Books in 2007. I
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