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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,335 ratings  ·  359 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
Paperback, 1st Edition, 340 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Roc
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Tony Delista Pretty similar in terms of the main character trying to get out from under a past that was out of their control - (without spoilers) Harry with his Un…morePretty similar in terms of the main character trying to get out from under a past that was out of their control - (without spoilers) Harry with his Uncle, Alex with his former mentor. Always beaten down by others character judgement - not quite trusting or believing in them because of who they're perceived to be. A good comparison, in all.(less)

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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
When the Telepaths’ Guild kicked me out, I had all the tests, all the ratings, all the gold stars a man could get. Level Eight, seventy-eight-P, I was a stronger telepath than most of the elite, and could predict the future correctly better than three times out of four...(c) A boy wonder telepath working with the police.

From the tape they’d given me, I’d pegged Esperanza as a control freak. So I threw the paper down crooked, spilling it everywhere, adding the pencils so they rolled along th
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-paranormal
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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
3.5 Ohh, fun!

I've been putting off this series for a while, but it's definitely worth reading. It has potential, and that doesn't happen too often.

Interesting MC, he's the typical detective with personal issues (this time it's drugs and paranormal stuff), who is trying to do his best.

I liked it. It's fun and fast-paced and it's worth reading.
Kath ❅
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was an enjoyable book to read. At times the characters frustrated me, or I thought the book moved too fast or too slow at some parts but overall it was an enjoyable mystery type novel. The main character whose name you don't know until the end of the book was an interesting character and I thought he had a lot of dimension. He could be frustrating but I think if that adds to the character than its okay. He could be a bit too pessimistic for my taste at times but for him and his li ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
James Knapp
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren Stoolfire
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, noir
I had Clean by Alex Hughes on my shelf for ages, but I'm glad I finally decided to pick it up. The premise is really cool with it's unique world combo of tech and telepathy. The world building is easily my favorite element, alongside the noir-esque tone. Personally, I think I would have liked to have seen more of the world before and during the wars set sixty years before our main story. I'm looking forward to continuing this series with Sharp. ...more
Terence M
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-dnf
Audio Book - 1 star - Did Not Finish
I have never really read any fantasy or science fiction books, nor have I been enticed to. When I started Hunger Games Book 1, I did not know it was Young Adult and/or Fantasy, but I did finish the three books in the series and found them enjoyable, I think. I don't know what enticed me to use my precious library's resources to download this book but I did and I really persevered for three and a half hours of a nine hour book, but it's now on the DNF shelf.

Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, sci-fi
This pleasantly surprised me. It's not high literature, but it hit the spot for me, since I'm out of Harry Dresden, Alex Verus, and In Death books to read. This was an entertaining sci-fi police procedural in a world in which technology connectivity and AI have intentionally been limited, and an organization like "Babylon 5"'s Psi Corps exists to educate and regulate those with psychic abilities. I'm hoping that, like the series I mentioned, that the series gets deeper, and that I fall in love w ...more
Pretty good series about a high-powered telepath and recovering addict who works for the police and is more or less trying to stay clean.
Text Addict
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it well enough, so three stars. And for once the publisher's blurb, repeated above (at the top of this book's Goodreads page), gives you a pretty good idea of the story. So I'll assume you've read the blurb and just add some comments to it.

The first-person narrator takes you deep inside his own mind as he perceives things from one moment to the next, in the fashion of traditional hard-boiled detective stories and police procedurals, and being a telepath he takes you partly inside the min
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Katherine McIntyre
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mindscape Investigations: 1
This story is told in first-person, which isn't weird except that the reader doesn't find out the main character's name until the end of the book! Seemed like a cheap ploy to have a cutesy end scene. None of the people he interacts with ever calls him by name, not even his off and on partner of six years, with whom he's fallen stupidly in love with. The relationships in this story don't make sense. There is a sense that the main character is close to Isabella, but she
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 03, 2015 marked it as zzz-books-not-for-me
Read from September 10 to 11, 2015
DNF at 26%. Too bored, not enough action, too much thinking/talking/analyzing for my taste. Just not my cup of tea. Crime thriller is a genre I tend to avoid unless there's enough fantasy/supernatural stuff going on to keep me interested. Not this time. Clean is a good book, but not MY kind of book. Moving on.
Ended up really, really liking it even with my complaints at the 1/2 way review. Most of the points are still valid with the drug addiction but I think his addiction was handled pretty well and the investigation was quite good. Continuing on in the series, I hope that the people he is surrounded by start giving him a little more respect. I still don't like his partner much and hope that she will becomes less of a strike out and ask questions later type of person. He likes her so I would hope I w ...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
Four stars is a little stretch, but I decided to round up for several reasons. 1) the editing was good. 2) didn’t hit any of my pet peeves. 3) I was really into it at the end. 4) SOMEHOW, even though he’s one of the biggest misery guts ever, the author made me like the MC and root for him. Also, it was interesting the way you never know the MC’s name until the last two sentences. Wonder what inspired that? The world building was also quite well done.

What I didn’t like. SLOW starter. MC complains
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
Actual rating: 3 stars.
Kathy Davie
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First in the Mindspace Investigation urban fantasy/police procedural based in a dystopian world that fell apart when computer viruses, well, "ate" the world. The series is based in Atlanta.

My Take
There was a very real quality to the story, enhanced by Hughes' treatment of his male protagonist. Adam screwed up. Big time. Now he's struggling to cope with his addiction, the scorn from everyone with whom he works, and his own attraction to his partner.

Hughes certainly paints a depressing picture, an
Bonnie Randall
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Grit-lit meets urban fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I connected with the telepathic protag immediately; he’s vulnerable, fallible, occasionally witty (albeit in the most exasperated sort of way), and he has a hugely legitimate bitch: The Guild he’s been loyal to not only (inadvertently) got him hooked on a narcotic called Satin (which appears to have heroin-esque properties), but then threw him out because of it, essentially cutting him off from his culture and forcing him to navigate ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: has-read
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
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, sf
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...
Dr susan
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I will write a full review in the morning... As a child, I loved science fiction. Clean is not what I loved as a child; it is everything I love as an adult. Although I am not fond of post- apocalyptic books, this world snuck up on me. The scary apocalypse is not 'in the reader's face', but is presented gradually as the hero struggles to find his place in this world. Written in first person (I admit I love this point of view), the reader understands the characters from the telepath hero's pe ...more
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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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