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Destroying Angel (Lt. Frank Carlucci #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  158 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
An electrifying new cybershock thriller from a Philip K. Dick Award-winning author. In the violent, deteriorating San Francisco of the future, two bodies--chained together in a death embrace--are pulled from the bay. Only ex-cop Tanner recognizes the mark of the Chain Killer, and now he must prepare to penetrate the lair of a madman--in the city's hell on earth.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by Ace (first published May 1992)
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Michael Fierce
Sep 01, 2014 Michael Fierce rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Blade Runner and cyberpunk

Read this a century ago but I remember liking it.

Similar in vein to Blade Runner, Destroying Angel is a cyberpunk tale set in mid-twenty-first-century San Francisco.

It's got cyborgs, serial murders, sexy vixens, and a gritty world not all that removed from our own.


Here's a description from the back cover of my edition.


The bodies were found in pairs. Planted on the bottom of the Bay. Chained together in a death embrace. T
May 18, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, crime-mystery
I liked this. This is the first book in the Lt. Frank Carlucci series. I picked up the second one first and saw that it had decent ratings on GR. I looked at the first book in this series and saw it had a rating, that to me, was not exactly glowing. The cover clearly says it is NOT my kind of book, so I was shocked I kept it in my pile.

So with that attitude, I walked into this. I should try that more often because I ended up liking this. I liked the characters and the story pulled me in. That w
Joey Brockert
Jan 22, 2014 Joey Brockert rated it really liked it
Mr. Tanner used to be a detective with the drug squad for San Francisco PD. In this story, the world has not collapsed, yet. The very wealthy have moved off planet to satellites, leaving the pollution and crime for others to deal with. There is a lot of pollution and crime, and people just make the best of it. It is unclear how Mr. Tanner makes his living, but some of his money comes from smuggling drugs from satellites above in return for exotic food. He tries to pass on as much of the drugs t ...more
Scott Holstad
May 23, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I thought this book had potential, but the author continually did something that just made me want to gag. He was obsessed with San Francisco's Tenderloin district and made it out to be the worst, vilest, most dangerous place on the planet and that got really old. I've been to the Tenderloin, and it's got nothing on Compton, which I've also been to. Of course, since this is sci fi and set in the future, I suppose it is possible that the place has gotten worse, but he went on and on about it and ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Mpho3 rated it liked it
Ho hum. There's absolutely nothing special about this book, which bears some of the sadly typical flaws of much of the genre, including wooden characters and a plot that's going nowhere. A lot of the "action" revolves around the main character going out to eat, with poorly made coffee as an ongoing theme. If I had a dollar (quarters don't amount to much anymore) for each time one of the main characters utters the following lines--"I don't like it at all. But what the hell else are we going to do ...more
Jordan Frankel
Jan 26, 2012 Jordan Frankel rated it liked it
I just watched Bladerunner and I was feeling a little nostalgic when I went to the bookstore, so I picked up this in the $1 section. It turned out to be pretty good. It is slightly dated cyberpunk (which is fair since it was written 20 years ago), but really that is what I was going for. The great thing was that nothing was illogical given contemporary technology.

The characters are decent, but the novel is too short to really dive in too deep. Definitely looking forward to more Carlucci, and I
Jul 14, 2012 Sooz rated it liked it
a friend lent me his copy of the Carlucci trilogy because he knew i liked sci fi. i've only read the first and in my opinion it's hardly sci fi. i mean, not in the truest sense of the word. the plot is as old as the hills isn't it? wacked-out serial killer. cop and ex-cop team up to try and find him. sure it's set in the future .... but it's hardly an original one. the future Russo describes in Destroying Angel is one a lot of writers predict for us.

still. it was a easy and engaging kind of rea
Nov 29, 2015 Drmorton rated it it was amazing
Just a classic cyberpunk noir story, Russo creates an amazing version of SF in the future, this is just a classic gritty detective story.
Florin Pitea
Oct 25, 2015 Florin Pitea rated it liked it
Read it back in the early 1990s. I liked the detailed noir atmosphere and the literary style.
Mar 07, 2016 Larry rated it really liked it
This could have been a 5+ but we were subject to sum tedious world building.
May 07, 2014 William rated it it was amazing
This was really good.
Harsh, gritty, believable.
Perfect cyberpunk.
Benjamin Wright
Apr 05, 2013 Benjamin Wright rated it did not like it
Oh jeez! I was trying and trying to remember this book. It was SO BAD. I actually threw it in a trash can before finishing it.
Mathew Carruthers
Aug 04, 2011 Mathew Carruthers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cyberpunk
Great beginning to an amazing trilogy. Great as a sci-fi or cyberpunk piece, also great as a noir detective mystery.
Mar 27, 2016 Bennie rated it it was amazing
Can't remember when I first read this book. Its my favorite style of science fiction. Just read it again last year.
Ross Winn
Nov 08, 2011 Ross Winn rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
Utterly devoid of meaning or significance. In my opinion, absolute garbage.
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