"A very punny Sci-Fi novel"
By 2057, technology enables people to drive hovercrafts
and teleport to different places. The last private
detective in the world Zachary Nixon Johnson, knows that
HARV is a computer projection. However, that does not stop
him from playing backgammon with it, talking with it or
listening to it.
When HARV informs Zach that they need an infusion of
capital to pay the rent, he reluctantly takes on the case
of BB Star, ex stripper and now the CEO of ExShell, one of
the most powerful conglomerates in the world. BB has a
doppelganger named BB-2 an artificially intelligent android
that is angry, psychotic and dangerous. She has a
plutonium core, which makes her a powerful weapon that must
be deactivated if BB is to survive. Even knowing that the
press will hounded him, thugs will beat him, and he will
look like a fool, Zach takes on the case rather than face
living on the street.
Abbott and Costello meet a futuristic crime noir is the
context underlying the amusing THE PLUTONIUM BLONDE. When
HARV and Zach are talking to each other, especially during
their numerous crisis, readers will laugh until they cry.
It is impossible to believe HARV, the real star of the
book, is only a hologram projected by Zach's computer
because he seems so human. The mystery is fun too, but the
entertainment and uniqueness of this tale are the
relationship between the two stars (that is Zach and HARV
not BB and BB-2).
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 30, 2001