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The Plutonium Blonde

(2001)
(The first book in the Nuclear Bombshell series)
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Zachary Nixon Johnson, the last private detective on Earth, is hired by the beautiful B.B. Starr, CEO of ExShell (and ex-exotic dancer), to find her missing robot double. The plutonium-powered android is far smarter and stronger than humans, doesn't want to be found, and is a homicidal maniac. As if that's not trouble enough, an unknown enemy keeps trying to assassinate Zach. And HARV, the intelligent computer implanted in Zach's brain, will not shut up.

Yes, The Plutonium Blonde is a parody of science fiction and hardboiled detective fiction. It is also an affectionate homage to the pulps. Perhaps unsurprisingly, its prose inclines to a pulp clunkiness. But the authors, John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem, are deeply knowledgeable of both genres, and they create some new twists in both the science fiction and the mystery. The plot is breathtakingly paced, and the jokes and wisecracks fly thick and fast (and, like the creators of the Airplane and Naked Gun movies, the authors have no fear of a bad joke). The Plutonium Blonde is recommended to fans of science fiction and of hard-boiled mystery. --Cynthia Ward

Genre: Science Fiction

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Paperback Editions

August 2001 : Paperback
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Title: The Plutonium Blonde (Daw Book Collectors)
Author(s): John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
Publisher: DAW
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August 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Plutonium Blonde (Daw Book Collectors)
Author(s): John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
ISBN: 0-7564-0006-6 / 978-0-7564-0006-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
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Audio Editions

October 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Plutonium Blonde [Dramatized Adaptation]: Nuclear Bombshell, Book 1
Author(s): John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
Publisher: GraphicAudio
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October 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Plutonium Blonde [Dramatized Adaptation]: Nuclear Bombshell, Book 1
Author(s): John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
Publisher: GraphicAudio
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October 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Plutonium Blonde [Dramatized Adaptation]: Nuclear Bombshell, Book 1
Author(s): John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
Publisher: GraphicAudio
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October 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Plutonium Blonde [Dramatized Adaptation]: Nuclear Bombshell, Book 1
Author(s): John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
Publisher: GraphicAudio
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September 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Nuclear Bombshell 1 The Plutonium Blonde
Author(s): John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
ISBN: 1-59950-899-0 / 978-1-59950-899-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: GraphicAudio
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Plutonium Blonde (Nuclear Bombshell)
Author(s): John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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