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Dover Beach

(The first book in the Last P.I. series)
A novel by

Philip K Dick Award Best Book (nominee)
In an America broken by a "limited" nuclear war, no one has use for would-be private eye Wally Sands. No one except for Dr. Charles Winfield, an eccentric scientist who believes he was cloned from a prominent biochemist as part of a top-secret project undertaken before the war.

Sands sets out to find Winfield's mysterious progenitor, but finds himself on the trail of a killer instead.

Now, in far-away, fabled England, Sands must uncover the facts about the case that has brought him to his promised land, and at the same time confront the unsettling truth about his world, his life, and his loyalties.

A story of love and betrayal, life and death, the future and the past. A story that will make you laugh, make you cry - and make you think.

Philip K. Dick Award, Finalist

"A wry, ingratiating story." ~Publisher's Weekly

"A hard science fiction, medium-boiled detective story that succeeds in both fields... kept me guessing right up to the end." ~Aboriginal Science Fiction

"Humanist science fiction of a high order." ~Locus

THE LAST P.I., in series order
Dover Beach
The Distance Beacons
Where All The Ladders Start

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Critically-acclaimed author Richard Bowker has published a variety of novels including science fiction, mysteries and thrillers. When he isn't writing, Richard enjoys offering thoughts on writing, reading and learning at

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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: Dover Beach (the Last P.I. Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Richard Bowker
ISBN: 1-947833-12-X / 978-1-947833-12-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Epublishing Works!
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September 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Dover Beach
Author(s): Richard Bowker
ISBN: 0-553-26810-4 / 978-0-553-26810-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Spectra
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Dover Beach (The Last P.I. Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Richard Bowker
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
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