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I Only Killed Him Once

(Ray Electromatic Mysteries #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A blend of science fiction and stylish mystery noir featuring a robot detective: the newest stand-alone installment in the Ray Electromatic mystery series

Another Hollywood night, another job for electric-detective-turned-robotic-hitman Raymond Electromatic. The target is a tall man in a black hat, and while Ray completes his mission successfully, he makes a startling
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Tor Books
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Rach I actually read just this book, having never picked up any of the previous books. It definitely is good enough to be read as just a standalone, though…moreI actually read just this book, having never picked up any of the previous books. It definitely is good enough to be read as just a standalone, though it has made me want to go back and start from the beginning. Everything is explained well enough that if this is your only foray into the series, you’d do just fine!(less)
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May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So very, very enjoyable. Ray Electromatic is the Robot's Robot of the dirty streets of LA Noir. Sometimes he's a PI and sometimes he's a hit-robot-for-hire, but what makes him really stand out for me is his memory issues.

He runs on RAM. Poor Ray! Every day, he comes back with the same template as before. Useful when he needs plausible deniability, it's a real pain when the damn mysteries keep coming back. And back. And back. :)

This one has a lot of fantastic reveals and snappy dialogue. Ada, the
Well this was a lot of fun! Ray Electromatic is a robot detective-turned-gun-for-hire. Unfortunately for Ray, he lives in an alternate 1960s universe which means that some of his technology is not terribly advanced. With the exception of some hardwired memories, Ray relies on a 24-hour reel of memory tape, so each day he starts with a relatively clean slate.

Imagine an old-fashioned, not-nearly-so-misanthropic Murderbot thrown into the movie Memento. Knowing that he can only trust Ada, his
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robot noir circa 1960's, what's not to get excited about? As a fan of this series (three novels, one novella), I had high hopes for the curtain call and I wasn't disappointing. Not only did the story come full circle but the door was left slightly ajar for Ray to make another appearance (though unlikely, I'm crossing my fingers).

One of the staples throughout the LA Trilogy has been the subtly complex evolution of plot and that staple again plays a big part in how this story pans out. However, I
Riju Ganguly
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
A joke, once told, is funny. Twice told, it induces groans. Third attempt, it’s boring or worse. Ray Electromagnetic's anterograde amnesia (albeit mechanical) had lost its charm much before this book happened. Combined with a frankly sinister controlling AI, this robot with restricted memories was nothing more than a hamming tinman. As a result, the supposed mysteries or so-called detection never went anywhere.
I am more or less done with this series. There seems to be only a vignette left. Once
Maine Colonial
Thanks to the publisher, Tor, for providing a free digital ARC via Netgalley.

Say it ain’t so: the last Ray Electromatic novel. I don’t care if he is a robot—and a hit man—he’s a more appealing character than plenty of sci-fi or mystery protagonist.

Ray’s tape-based memory is only good for 24-hours, so he starts every day with no memory of what happened previously. He only has his deep programming to rely on, along with his instructions from his boss, Ada. Ray’s decided this just isn’t good
Aug 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was a disappointing end to a mostly disappointing series. The plot was extremely confusing, unsatisfying, and full of plot holes. Seriously, near the end he is somehow able to remember everything, despite the second memory tape containing earlier events not even being in his body. That makes no sense. The horrible editing throughout this series also continues in this book after briefly getting better in book two. It's not even misspelled words. I don't think there's a single misspelled word ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

As the final novel in the Ray Electromatic series, I ONLY KILLED HIM ONCE goes out with a bang. Our favourite robot assassin is on the case and wouldn’t you know it, his memory is on the fritz. I ONLY KILLED HIM ONCE tackles the plot threads of Ray’s creation, his friendship with Ada, and his faulty memory. In the other novels, Ray is looking for his mark and searching for missing pieces of his day. In this novel, Ray spends most of the plot trying to
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third and final instalment in the Raymond Electromatic, I ONLY KILLED HIM ONCE sees robot detective, turned gun for hire, in the fight of his "life".

"Life" requires a bit of wiggle room here as Raymond Electromatic is a robotic detective / hitman with a 24 hour long memory, and a computer overlady called Ada who sets him off on each job every day with a newly installed memory tape and no idea what he's done, or where he's been before. Except for knowing that he's a robot, that he "talks" to
Literary Portals
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review originally published on my blog:

What Made Me Read It
"I Only Killed Him Once" is the final book in the "Ray Electromatic Mysteries" series. Each book is mostly a self-contained story but in all there is a recurring, and as yet unresolved, mystery subplot surrounding Ada, Ray's AI supercomputer handler and manager of the Electromatic Detective Agency. In the previous book ("Killing is My Business") Ray started to question Ada's real motives and
Kate (Looking Glass Reads)
Today, July 10, 2018, marks the release of I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher, the third and final novel in the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series. This is a great science fiction noir mystery series featuring the very last robot in operation working as a hit man using the cover of a private detective when unwanted eyes begin to pry.

In this novel Ray Electromatic wakes up with a fresh reel of tape for 24 hours of new memory and a man in a black hat in the front room. The man feels
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5

Raymond Electromatic is an assassin. An assassin posing as a private gumshoe. Raymond Electromatic is also a robot. And not just any robot ... he is the last robot since the Department of Robot Labor (DORL) saw to the end of robot production. Ray Electromatic is very good at his job but he has one serious flaw. His internal memory tape only provides enough memory for twenty-four hours. For anything beyond that he relies
Pamela Scott

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This is my first time reading the author. I haven’t read the other two books in the series. The blurb sounded interesting and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved the concept of the book and thought it was very original. I loved the character of Ray. He’s a robot who runs on RAM and every day he starts with the same template as before so he remembers nothing of the previous day and is unaware the same mysteries
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spec-fic
c2018 (21) FWFTB: mission, memory tape, stranger, warning. Strangely, after the first 2 books, this came as somewhat of a disappointment. The quote in the front of the book kind of gives a clue. I felt that, whilst the writing style was as interesting as ever, the plot somehow got away from the author. Perhaps the premise could be maintained for two books but the third was a bit of a push and probably had more to do with contractual requirements than a desire to close out the character/plot. To ...more
Kurt Rocourt
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, novels, contests
Once again I find myself enjoying this series. I actually raced through book 1.5 and book 2 to get to this one. It blurs together for me at the moment. I'm glad it did because all three feel like three episodes of my favorite show. I don't see any reason to not keep reading more stories in this series.

I read this book via NetGalley. I thank them for this book.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fitting close to this very fun series of science fiction detective mysteries. Chandler may have had second thoughts about his distaste for science fiction if he'd read these books. I'm sorry to see this series end, but I hope that one day Adam Christopher brings Ray Electromatic back for another adventure - even if it's only in a novella. These books also have the best covers, by the way.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good and while I was never lost in the story and it works as a standalone I regret not reading the books before it. This will teach me to just grab a random book with awesome cover from the library shelves.
Sam Dolan
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
There is a level of detail that is really impressive and immersive but if this isn't quite you're genre, it's also a little thick. Well plotted though and I didn't feel like I was missing very much having not read the first two.
Wilde Sky
A robot assassin meets a man his has killed and so starts an odd mystery.

There were some really good elements in this book, but a couple of times I thought "what?" (but not in a good way).

It took around 3 hours to read, so expect the word count is around 55,000.
Charlotte Gallagher
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed series. I can just see the books being made into several films. Love the time period, the characters and that how by the last novel everything comes together.
Benny Sperling
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The end for Raymondo, really clever weaving everything back and forth
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent conclusion to the Ray Electromatic Detective series where Ray faces his biggest challenges to date, and wraps up the various loose ends nicely.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Electromatic! You will be missed. You are second only to Murderbot in my heart.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mcn
6/30/18 3.5 stars. Full review tk.
David Harris
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to Titan for a review copy of this book.

This is the final outing, as far as I'm aware (though it would be nice to have more), for Ray Electromatic, Adam Christopher's wise-cracking, Chandleresque robot detective and hitman. Ray's investigations (and assignments) are made more difficult by the fact that his memory tape only lasts for 24 hours. After that he shuts down, to be awoken by the sultry Ada, his computer-embodied secretary to "another beautiful day in Hollywood, California",
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I Only Killed Him Once proves to be a satisfying ending to the narrative arc of the LA Trilogy. And although the book could adequately stand on its own, a reader would really want to start with the first book in the series, Make to Kill, to fully explore Christopher’s world. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend a little more time with Ray?

Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan-Tor Books, and Adam Christopher for the advanced copy for review.

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Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019

let this be a lesson to myself not to start reading a trilogy with the last book
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Adam Christopher’s debut novel EMPIRE STATE was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year. The author of MADE TO KILL, STANDARD HOLLYWOOD DEPRAVITY, and KILLING IS MY BUSINESS, Adam’s other novels include SEVEN WONDERS, THE AGE ATOMIC, and THE BURNING DARK.

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