The Flaxen Femme Fatale
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The Flaxen Femme Fatale (Zachary Nixon Johnson #6)

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The last freelance P.I. on earth, Zach Johnson has been hired to track down a young beauty who happens to be a deadly secret weapon for the World Council. Figuring girls just want to have fun, he follows Natasha to various vacation destinations, but she eludes him, leaving a trail of destruction in her wake.

Zach, however, isn’t surprised to discover that things aren’t wha...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by DAW (first published December 1st 2008)
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edifanob
I won this book at a giveaway. It is the the 6th volume of the Zach series.
Normally I don't read book from within a series. But in this case I made an exception. I needed a break from fantasy and so I decided to read something different. And to be honest The Flaxen Femme Fatale is different.

This is another case of Zachary Nixon Johnson, the last freelance P.I. on earth in the year 2070. As in the previous books he has to save the world from a dangerous woman with superpowers. His main aides are...more
Joshua Palmatier
This is the sixth book in the series, and the fact that I'm still reading tells you something. The books are about "the last PI on Earth," set in a very tongue-in-cheek future with a definite old-style pulp/detective noir feel.

In this book, Zach, the last remaining private eye, is hired by the government to find and retrieve the "flaxen femme fatale," a genetically-engineered woman named Natasha. She's escaped from her training ground and the military fears her powers, which are extensive, and t...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
The sixth book in the wildly entertaining Zachary Nixon Johnson series! For those not up to speed, Zachary Nixon Johnson is the last freelance private investigator in a future world that seems more peaceful than the times we currently live in, but is often maddening to anyone who considers himself down-to-earth. Since I don't like spoilers, I'll just give you the general gist of things. The comical adventures of each book usually center around one or more beautiful woman somehow connected with s...more
Ines
Zach is the last freelance P.I. on Earth and has faced many superwomen in his career, which often comes with saving the world. However, none of those powerful women can hold a candle to Natasha. Built by the army and intended as the ultimate weapon, Natasha can kill a person just by using her mental powers. Unfortunately, people can also drop dead if Natasha loses her temper. Zach is ordered to track Natasha when she disappears and bring her back to her safe environment, but as the chase progres...more
Joseph Teller
The sixth book of the adventures of Zachary Nixon Johnson, the last freelance Private Detective on Earth in a pulp action style future where all the vices of the 21st century have compounded even more, aliens tweaked the human genome to create psis, and teleportation has replaced airplanes.

Zach is hired by the military to find a secret weapon that has gone AWOL, that is the Flaxen Femme Fatale of the title who can evidently kill people with her mind at will or when she gets angry or depressed, n...more
Julie Johnson
I have to be in the mood to read a book like this but when I am, I really really enjoy myself. Very droll, part send up of the genre, part homage...it is quite an inventive take on the adventure / sci fi/ hard boiled detective genre.

There is always a twist or turn or two in these books and always a moment where I go 'huh, clever!'.

Don't let the pop-art on the cover fool you. These aren't as silly as they make themselves out to be...though of course, they are plenty silly!

Very unique. I'll ventur...more
A.N. Vidrine
This was probably the best book in the series so far. There is one more (so far) after this one, but this one was definitely the best I've read. As funny as ever, but I felt there was more character in Zach this time, and the Femme Fatale was more interesting than previously.

At first, it was kind of like, oh, yet another ultra-powered superbabe that is even more powerful than the one before it, and Zach (who is relatively squishy in the Rifts definition) is the only one who can stop her. But thi...more
Kelly
I wanted to like this book. The pulpy cover and the back cover copy reeled me in. It took me a little while to get into the story--this is the most recent book in a series, and since I hadn't read the others, I had some catching up to do in terms of characters and their relationships. (I did find Gus, a gun that has a moral conscience, sort of fun.) However, the plot left a lot be be desired. I hung in there until the 2/3 mark when Our Hero goes to Comic-con. The mention of something so pop-cult...more
Shanshad Whelan
Eh. Too many boob comments--a very male-centric book for a particular stereotype of male. Not all bad, but just not the kind of read I enjoy. All these superpowered bimbo and babe types and one rather scruffy PI with a heart of gold in a SF/Fantasy future. Amusing I suppose, but not my cup of tea.
Paul Harvey
Another great Zachary Nixon Johnson (the last freelance PI on Earth) story. I love this hard-boiled detective series set in the future.
Geoff Schaeffer
Compared with Altered Carbon, this is a lighter take on the future noir genre.

This series is still light and fun, I enjoy it.
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John Zakour is a humor/sf/fantasy writer with a Master's degree in Human Behavior and slowly plugging away at his Ph.D. He has written zillions (well, thousands) of gags for syndicated comics and comedians (including: Rugrats, Grimmy, Bound and Gagged, Dennis the Menace and Joan River's old TV show.) John also writes his own syndicated comic, Working Daze for United Media....more
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