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Bone Wires

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  189 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
In the wasteland of commercial culture that is future America, police are operated not by government but by private companies. In Seattle, that role is filled by Civil Protection, and Daniel Gray is a detective in Homicide Solutions. What used to be considered an important – even glamorous – department for public police is very different for the corporate species, and Gray ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published July 13th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Ian Caithness
Jul 18, 2012 Ian Caithness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Shean returns this week with his second novel, Bone Wires as he seeks to explore and investigate the world which he so beautifully crafted in his first novel, Shadow of a Dead Star. In this second novel, Shean demonstrates an aptitude and fluidity in being able to explore and dismantle themes and genres in the novel. Bone Wires shifts from an opening as a dark and horrific murder mystery that keeps readers on edge and becoming embroiled, even fascinated, with the sadistic murders in this ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Gaele rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I received a PDF copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Let me start by saying that I am a “newbie” to the Sci-Fi genre, being a huge fan of Heinlein who’s stories always gave me enough of the world I live in to be related to amidst the futuristic scenarios. Michael Shean has accomplished that feat, while setting up a story that follows a Homicide Detective in the far future. I am a huge
Melysah Bunting
Jul 23, 2012 Melysah Bunting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bone Wires by Michael Shean is not your average mystery/crime novel. It's set in futuristic Seattle. And it's crazier than you could ever imagine.

In the future technology is king and consumerism is queen. And there's a place called Wonderland. Daniel Gray works for the local private company called Civil Protection. He is a detective in Homicide Solutions. And he is trying to move up in the ranks. All he needs is a big case. They say watch what you wish for.

A number of killings take place. But th
Bone Wires by Michael Shean is a Science Fiction novel that crosses genres being a police procedural along with a crime novel set in the distant future. The closest thing that comes to mind that has come out recently is the Slab City Blues Series of Novellas by Anthony Ryan. These two things have many points in common, though the latter is more noir, gritty cop fiction meets dystopian future and the former is a more stylized version without the hardboiled detective. This novel is all about ...more
May 09, 2015 Louisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really great book of a mishmash of a bunch of genres and it was so great to read it!
Millie Burns
Sep 20, 2012 Millie Burns rated it it was amazing
So, wow. I won this book in a blog scavenger contest. I picked it blindly from a few choices, not really knowing what I was getting. I am very happy to say chance favored me with this one.

Michael Shean weaves a fantastic storyline in a Seattle of the future. The MC is a detective with ambition, but he's not the kind of guy who wants to get to the top at any cost. The twists and turns this book takes leave you dizzy as your mind spins trying to decipher the clues woven into the tale. Is anyone re
Nathan Yocum
Oct 10, 2012 Nathan Yocum rated it it was amazing
Bone Wires is an all-engrossing world onto itself. Michael Shean's future Seattle sprawl is alive, pulsing, and at times absolutely horrifying. It's a rabbit-hole mystery that amps up the tension and anxiety with each revelation. Every move is a potential double-cross, every friend a potential murderer, and underneath it all an unspeakable and unstoppable horror is brewing. I cannot wait for future volumes from this setting.

I'm declaring it right here, right now...Michael Shean is the new king o
Aug 08, 2012 WiLoveBooks rated it it was amazing
This book has everything you could want in a futuristic crime thriller. The characters are well-developed and flawed. The futuristic world pulls you in and gives you a glimpse of what could be. The plot had plenty of twists and kept me guessing until the end. If you enjoy a story that is dark and gritty, this is an engrossing read that you won't want to put down.
Kim Baldwin
Aug 27, 2012 Kim Baldwin rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful read. If you're a fan of Detective Noir this is the book for you. Bone Wires really kept me guessing. Just when I thought it was going in one direction it would make a U turn and head in another. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Dec 07, 2012 Abigail rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tour-books
"...she had appeared like some kind of bizarre nymph that might have sprung from one of the dying trees."

I love reading stories taking place from my home city, and even though I lived in a smaller city across the green waters of Puget Sound, Seattle is our Mecca, this Emerald City, our capital of Sin. Where as children we went to see Robert Plant and Van Halen and danced in the aisles as Madonna crawled across stage crooning "Like a Virgin:" in her first stop for her inaugural world tour. It i
Kaye Booth
Oct 05, 2012 Kaye Booth rated it really liked it
In Bone Wires, Michael Shean creates a techno-world of the future, where cars are equipped with autodrive, dance floors are suspended from the ceiling, and soft drinks have self-chilling mechanism. Shean grabs your attention immediately, and pulls readers into the high-tech world of 2076, where police departments belong to the private sector, making concerns of profits and losses, and public relations often take priority over justice.
Detective Dan Gray wants it all: the promotion, the money, the
Bob Milne
With Bone Wires, Michael Shean weaves a story that pays homage to multiple genres and tropes, creating a whole that is definitely more than just the sum of its parts. On the surface, this is a police procedural played out against a science fiction backdrop. Beneath the skin is an alternately shiny/gritty surface is an undercurrent of horror, backed by its serial killer atrocities, marked by a throbbing vein of socio-political commentary, centred around the privatization of law enforcement.

In a w
Kim (Bookishly Me)
Oct 22, 2012 Kim (Bookishly Me) rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, sci-fi, review-pile
I absolutely loved the premise of this story and the story itself did not disapoint.

Dan Grey works as a homicide detective and dreams of a big break (or a sexy case as he calls it) so he can get his Amber badge. And this happens when he gets three homicides in the same week. Working to solve these cases with limited resources Dan will find out not everything is what it may seem.

Dan Grey is a character that can annoy the hell out of me but not enough that I dislike him. He is a good detective wit
David Marshall
This has a much better plot than the first Wonderland book, i.e. this is self-contained and not dependent on a second volume to explain the ending. But it lacks some of the stylistic panache that made Shadow of a Dead Star such fun to read. This is really a 3.5 star book.
Ethan Mawyer
Jul 12, 2012 Ethan Mawyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will do a full review later, but this was a very good book.

May have slight spoilers.

This is actually the second time that I have read Bone Wires by Michael Shean. Though the first time I read it Bone Wires was a serialized story at the publisher’s site so it was only a part a week.

After it finished overall I liked it.

This reading I absolutely loved it! In fact, I am buying the paperback ASAP!

I think I would have really liked it the first time had I read it straight through instead of it only being a part every week. I do not think I really enjoy seria
May 09, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of futuristic police procedurals
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Cyberpunk/Dark Science Fiction/Police Procedural
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of police procedurals, sci-fi

My Thoughts: This book is set in the same universe as Shadow of a Dead Star (review link here for places that support links), which is set two years after this one, set in 2076.

I should point out that galleys – even e-galleys – are usually uncorrected proofs, so hopefully this will be fixed in the final copy, but Angie’s eyes kept changing color: first green, t
Oct 13, 2012 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Gray is a homicide detective. His job isn't glamorous but it does provide great perks as you move up the corporate ladder. Dan is currently a Tier 3 with a Blue Badge and he yearns for a case that will take him Tier 4 or 5 and garner an Amber Badge. Dan is all about the job. His partner, Brutus Carter, has been on the job as long as Dan has been alive. Carter actually worked for the Seattle Police Department before policing went to the private sector. Carter appears to do his job and nothing ...more
Leah (White Sky Project)
May 19, 2016 Leah (White Sky Project) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this book for a blog tour. I joined the tour because the book title reminded me of the movie The Bone Collector and the blurb made me think of Criminal Minds and CSI!

Deciding to join the tour was not a mistake at all. This book definitely had all the semi-creepy yet fascinating combined goodness of science, forensics, detectives, mysteries, and serial killers. Plus it's set in a cool futuristic world where the cops are privatized and everything's all about the money, meaning people and c
Christina  Torretta
Oct 23, 2012 Christina Torretta rated it really liked it
Ohhh!! What more can a girl ask for? Blood and guts everywhere. The only thing that got me was that I’m not much of a mystery person but Michael keeps this plot going. I was asking questions and trying to figure out the plot and getting everything wrong! It was great!

This did remind me of a Dystopian although it is marked as Science Fiction. It was in the future and the way the private companies did things just reminded me that all hell can break loose. And sometimes does. The cops didn’t even h
Thom Swennes
Feb 19, 2016 Thom Swennes rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-e-book
Be very careful what you wish for…you just might get it.
Picture this: the Seattle, Washington area anno 2076. Luckily probably no images are conjured up as the time lies fifty years in the future. Detective Daniel Gray is a tier three, working the Civil Protection Center, Homicide Solutions. Business is booming to the point that everything is a business; including the local and federal police departments. Everything, including protection, comes at a price. Budget limits were placed on each inves
Jul 17, 2012 Nathalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's start off with the pros. The characterization is phenomenal! I was able to "see" the characters in their environment and feel as if I was personally part of the action. The author's attention to detail is absolutely fantastic, and I loved the futuristic version of Seattle. The large, yet simple graphic between each chapter also added a nice flair to the book, something I wish more books included. As for the plot, it was complex enough where it kept the reader guessing, but simple enough ...more
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At once science fiction and mystery, near-futuristic and Dystopian, cynicism and love story, ambition and romance, “Bone Wires” electrifies the reader and will leave its presence lingering long in the mind after the final page is turned. Gory, graphic, violent; emotional, romantic, startling; “Bone Wires” is riveting, engrossing, and entrancing.

In America’s Tricentennial Year, Corporations are rulers, and all outside the Corporate Center of any metropolitan area is “Verge
Nov 11, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
In the year 2076, Detective Daniel Gray, Homicide Tier III, investigates a series of murders where the killer has removed the victims' spines. Among the many twists and turns of the plot, Detective Gray becomes interested in a Subject of Interest, an exotic dancer who knew the first victim.

Bone Wires is a futuristic sci-fi crime thriller with a noir feeling. While the main plot is the murder mystery, the subplot is Gray's romantic relationship. The characters are believable and the situations,
The beautiful and the damned on display..

Well-written, with a lovely turn of phrase. There were a few typos and some real formatting issues, but that may have been a kindle issue, perhaps.
A serial killer is loose in Seattle of the future, taking a bizarre trophy from each victim.
Daniel Gray is the cop on the case, a cop looking to make a name for himself.
The city of Seattle is described very well. Somewhat similar to the cityscape in Blade Runner, futuristic and bleak.
Some characters are fleshe
Oct 31, 2015 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read

This quick paced story will hold your interest. They players are interesting. And, they all come into focus as the mystery unravels. The best part is we don't know the mystery til the end. A good real if a bit shallow. The book doesn't really delve into the characters as much as I would have liked.
Linda O'driscoll
Oct 12, 2015 Linda O'driscoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Chandler meets Neal Stephenson?

I enjoyed this book. Sets age-old human frailties in a corporate dystopia with technology that's probably just around the corner if not already amongst us in the hands of those who wield true power over society. Some sympathetic characterisation which will doubtless increase in future allied works. Well worth a read IMO.
Grady Richardson
Jun 08, 2016 Grady Richardson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gritty near future police drama

"Bone Wires" is a dark, "Blade Runner" type near future police drama. Our hero is on the trail of a grisly serial killer, who removes his victims spines. Of course, that's only the tip of the ice berg.
Carla Modrell
Oct 04, 2015 Carla Modrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bone wires

I read this book I two sittings, it was hard to put down. I really liked the way t h e author put the story together especially the ending very surprising. Thanks for writing it.
Mark Hurst
Oct 22, 2015 Mark Hurst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyberpunk
SyFy Detective Adrenaline Rush

While I tend to stay away from the detective genre, this book completely pulled me in. A fan of all literature based in my childhood home of Seattle, this Neuromancer influenced story line barely allowed me to put it down.
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Michael Shean was born amongst the sleepy hills and coal mines of southern West Virginia in 1978. Taught to read by his parents at a very early age, he has had a great love of the written word since the very beginning of his life. Growing up, he was often plagued with feelings of isolation and loneliness; he began writing off and on to help deflect this, though these themes are often explored in ...more
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