John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Punktown: established by Earth colonists on a faraway world, a crime-ridden megalopolis peopled by countless races. There is Stake, the private detective with chameleon-like abilities he can not control. There is his wealthy client, Fukuda, whose company mass produces life forms for labor and as playthings. There is Fukuda's beautiful teenage daughter, whose priceless one-of-a-kind living doll has been stolen. And there is the doll itself, growing in size and resentment. Meanwhile, at an abandoned apartment complex with a dark history, a tough street gang and a band of mutant squatters have been trapped inside by bioengineered life forms mindlessly bent on destroying them like an infestation of vermin. The destinies of all these individuals will converge and collide.
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"Jeffrey Thomas has done something wonderful." - China Miéville
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Used availability for Jeffrey Thomas's Deadstock
February 2007 : UK Mass Market Paperback
August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition