Sunday, October 24, 2021

#51: The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel

A washed-up baseball player looks into the very public death of his all-star brother in Lincoln Michel's genre mash-up The Body Scout.

He ends up being hired by his brother's baseball team, the Monsanto Mets, and crosses paths with Neanderthal enforcers, rival scouts, an anti-technology cult, and more, all on the cusp of the World Series going to a Game Seven.

Michel's novel is a triple play of heady cyberpunk, hard-boiled noir, and old-fashioned baseball; kind of like as if David Halberstam had written Neuromancer.

Lots of offbeat world-building, a likeably tarnished protagonist, plenty of action, and a genuinely surprising (and cynical) finale all add up to an enjoyable read.

I enjoyed The Body Scout and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys (any kind of) genre fiction.

I checked this out from the Morrisson-Reeves Library in Richmond, Indiana and read it quickly.

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