Part noir science-fiction and part twisted new-take on Greek myth, Genesys X is a page-turning police procedural featuring an unforgettable haunted detective.
Los Angeles, 2041. Derma ads have replaced skin tattoos; the Nike Swoosh is projected onto the full moon, and digital sponsor logos run along the side of every police sedan. But the city is under siege from a gang war which has flooded the streets with Green Ice, a drug more powerful and deadly than fentanyl. And there’s a new plague; Alzheimer’s disease has spawned a virulent new strain, Alz-X, that attacks children. No one knows why.
Eddie Piedmont, the youngest Homicide Special detective in LAPD history, has a lot to prove. Growing up with an abusive Green Ice junkie for a father, Eddie is determined to show he is nothing like his old man who was kicked off the force years ago. When Eddie takes on a case of a fatal overdose, he finds evidence that ties the dead woman to a geneticist working on the cure for Alz-X.
When another suspicious death occurs, Eddie is drawn into the nefarious world of cutting-edge reproductive technology, only to discover terrible secrets at the heart of his identity and his family’s history that will pull him much closer to the murderer than he could ever have imagined.
“From the opening page, readers will love Eddie Piedmont and Shin Miyaguchi, ace homicide investigators in a vision of future Los Angeles we’ve never seen before. Miraculous technological advances run parallel with the cracks threatening to crumble society, and every move Piedmont and Shin make hammers those fractures a little more. Genesys X is brilliant, thrilling, and filled with twists that will leave fans gasping. B.J. Graf has made a spectacular debut.”
—Glen Erik Hamilton, Anthony & Macavity Award-winning author of Past Crimes
“Noir detective fiction and science fiction in one book? For once, Santa Claus has come through with just what I wanted! A terrific first novel. Enjoy!”
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues
“Alzheimer’s X. Green Ice drug wars. And a detective who can’t let go. Genesys X is action-packed, futuristic, and unpredictable. Crime fiction has a new voice.”
—John McMahon, author of the Edgar Award finalist The Good Detective
“Genesys X is a near future police procedural with a science fiction heart—a noir thriller with a hefty dash of future technology. Witty, well-written, great for fans of complex mysteries and hero detectives. Looking forward to more from B.J. Graf!”
—Louisa Morgan, author of The Secret History of Witches
“Genesys X is clever, twisty, and entertaining. A remarkable debut by B. J. Graf. Heads up mystery fans, an imaginative new force has hit the scene!”
—Matt Coyle, author of the Shamus and Anthony Award-winning Rick Cahill series
“Ambitious. . . . This debut and series launch [has] subtle undercurrents of Greek tragedy.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
B.J. Graf is the author of Genesys X and four short stories, three of which also feature Detective Eddie Piedmont, including "Shikata Ga Nai" (in the Sisters in Crime 2013 Anthology Last Exit to Murder), "Blood Shadows" (in the Sisters in Crime 2019 Anthology Fatally Haunted), Sandman (in the Partners in Crime 2020 Anthology, Crossing Borders), and "Deux ex Machina" (in the Malice Domestic 2020 Anthology Murder Most Theatrical).
An adjunct professor of Film Studies and Classical Mythology, B. J. Graf worked for many years as V.P. of Development for Abilene Pictures. She lives and works in L.A. with her family and a menagerie of rescue animals.