Bone Wires, by Michael Shean - CoverBy Michael Shean

In the wasteland of commercial culture that is future America, police are operated not by government but by private companies. In Seattle, that role is filled by Civil Protection, and Daniel Gray is a detective in Homicide Solutions. What used to be considered an important – even glamorous – department for public police is very different for the corporate species, and Gray finds himself stuck in a dead end job.

That is, until the Spine Thief arrives.

When a serial killer begins harvesting the spinal tissue of corporate employees all over the city, Detective Gray finds himself plunged into the first truly major case of his career. Caught in a dangerous mix of murder, betrayal and conflicting corporate interest, Gray will find himself not only matching wits with a diabolical murderer but grappling with his growing doubt toward his employers in the dawning months of the American tricentennial. A thrilling mystery set in the same world as the Wonderland Cycle, Bone Wires is a grim trip into the streets of the empty future.

Vital Stats

  • Theme: Bio-Punk / Cyberpunk / Dark Sci-Fi
  • Type: Curiosity Quills Press Novel
  • Length: 380 Pages
  • Pub. Date: July 17, 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-62007-068-0 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 978-1-62007-069-7 (paperback)

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“Dark and complicated, but absolutely believable. Dirty and disgusting people do nasty things to each other, just like Dashiell Hammett told us years ago. I have to agree that things won’t change much in the near future. It’s scary,but probably true. Fascinating and exciting read nonetheless.” ~Anthony D. Eckert @ Amazon(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Bone Wires took off with action, suspense, mystery, romance. The characters were well-developed and the world was very futuristic. If you enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, mystery-thriller, suspense a bit of romance then READ this book. ” ~Autumn(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
” I recommend this book to people who love science fiction mixed with mysteries, mystery fans who don’t mind a setting in the future, police procedural and crime fans who love detailed, mysterious cases and the gore that goes with them.” ~pinky mo @ Amazon(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Bone Wires is a mystery in every sense of the word, the kind that makes to get on the edge of your seat and accuse every character at different times throughout the book that it must be them who did it or was in on it!” ~Holly (FMB Blog Tours) @ Goodreads(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“At once science fiction and mystery, near-futuristic and Dystopian, cynicism and love story, ambition and romance, “Bone Wires” electrifies the reader and will leave its presence lingering long in the mind after the final page is turned. Gory, graphic, violent; emotional, romantic, startling; “Bone Wires” is riveting, engrossing, and entrancing. “

~Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)

“Bone Wires is an all-engrossing world onto itself. Michael Shean’s future Seattle sprawl is alive, pulsing, and at times absolutely horrifying. It’s a rabbit-hole mystery that amps up the tension and anxiety with each revelation. Every move is a potential double-cross, every friend a potential murderer, and underneath it all an unspeakable and unstoppable horror is brewing. “
~Nathan L. Yocum @ Amazon(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Bone Wires is a free-flowing novel that explores ideas and engages the reader, trapping them in a vice of decadence, violence and plot. It captures the imagination of the reader and asks them questions … As a science-fiction novel, it is excellent but where it is exceptional is in its capturing the heart of a world ensnared by corporatism and creating characters motivated by it. “
~Fiction and Madness
“Michael Shean weaves a fantastic storyline in a Seattle of the future. The MC is a detective with ambition, but he’s not the kind of guy who wants to get to the top at any cost. The twists and turns this book takes leave you dizzy as your mind spins trying to decipher the clues woven into the tale.”
~Millie Burns @ Amazon(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Another great book by an author with a clear vision and the ability to weave the story well enough to really suck you in. There are elements here to make it an enjoyable read to a wide audience. Near future scifi, a bit of a noir-ish detective story, a glimpse into a dark underbelly of society; nothing over the top and all of it accessible and very well told.”
~Jack the Ripper @ Amazon(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“The story is delightfully non-linear, and deceives you into thinking the mystery is solved. “Is that all? It can’t be that easy,” you’ll ask, only to be answered by the maniacal laughter of the author as he gives the roller coaster a nudge, sending you plummeting to the true culprits and mystery. “
~Thea Gregory @ Goodreads(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“This book has everything you could want in a futuristic crime thriller. The characters are well-developed and flawed. The futuristic world pulls you in and gives you a glimpse of what could be. The plot had plenty of twists and kept me guessing until the end. If you enjoy a story that is dark and gritty, this is an engrossing read that you won’t want to put down.”
~WiLoveBooks(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Bone Wires does not disappoint. It is brutal and unforgiving. Like the best Noir, it is also filled with twists and turns you won’t expect.”
~William Vitka @ Amazon(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“I’ve been a fan of Michael Shean’s work since reading Shadow of a Dead Star last year, and I confess that I sat down to read Bone Wires with no little amount of trepidation. To my relief and delight, I can report that it lived up to each and every one of my high expectations.”
~Quills @ Amazon(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“I’ve been skeptical of e-books for some time, and I admit that I feared that Bone Wires would be a Blade Runner knockoff full of recycled tropes. It is not – in fact, the book reminds me nothing so much as Iain Banks’ ‘Use of Weapons’ in terms of depth of plot and structure.”
~Alexander Gianturco @ Amazon(Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“I was impressed with Shean’s realistic imagination of the future. It wasn’t too far-fetched but instead gave a believable take on where technology and capitalism are taking us. The story was a bit complicated to follow at times but that complexity is what set it apart from the average murder mystery story. It was totally unpredictable and I love that in a mystery.”
~Roundtable Reviews
“Bone Wires by Michael Shean is not your average mystery/crime novel. It’s set in futuristic Seattle. And it’s crazier than you could ever imagine.”
~Melysah Bunting @ Goodreads (Star VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar VoteStar Vote)
“Bone Wires is a rather cunningly constructed book. It looks as if it’s going to be science fiction with horror overtones but, when you step back, you can see the horror is more window dressing than anything.”
~David Marshall @ Opionator
“First off I have to say that this whole serialized story so far has been wonderful and I am so glad the author is doing a part every week! I would go crazy by now if I had to wait longer or the author was not as reliable on posting/writing them. Lol”
~Holly Polk @ Full Moon Bites
“Shean balances development of the case with the development of the characters beautifully within each installment. His placement of plot points, introductions of new characters along with the further development of existing characters are well thought out and keep the story moving fluidly from week to week.”
~Karen DeLabar
“One of the difficulties in writing novels in “parts” is that it’s difficult to know when to stop writing – how far does the author go in engaging the reader and leave them wanting more? In this respect, Shean shows his true colours. He’s excellent at it.”
~Ian Caithness @ Dead Ink Books
“You’re all just going to have to read Bone Wires to discover whatever I’ve left out in the name of preserving my No-Spoiler Rule. Be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart.”
~Black Sun Reviews