Let’s talk about boys and girls, and how they’re different. No, not THAT. Get your minds out of the gutter. Naughty, naughty. I’m talking about writing.
For reasons I don’t quite understand, urban fantasy is dominated by women authors, and I’m down with that since I am one. But there are some really awesome UFs by male authors out there too (hello, Jim Butcher?) and they’re…different. Science fiction tends to have more male authors. Dystopians seem evenly split. But they’re different, depending on the author’s gender.
Why is that? Let me introduce you to Warren Hammond’s Kop Killer, and then I’ll get back to it. And, of course, I’ll be giving away a copy of KK to a winner.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Juno Mozambe once had a life. That was when he was a dirty cop, married to a woman who suffered such profound abuse that she murdered her vile, drug kingpin father. Juno loved his wife and did his best to help her survive her guilt, her drug habit, and her desire to end her life on the dead-end planet of Lagarto. When she died, however, Juno’s life went downhill. And then his first partner, the corrupt chief of the Koba Office of Police, was murdered. The man responsible, Emil Mota, is using the KOP for his personal gain. Juno has been laying low, but now he’s ready to do whatever it takes to take down the bastard. Rather than working from inside the system, he’s decided that the only way to take down the KOP is to create an independent base of power. So he gets involved with a team of dirty cops and starts working as a rent-a-thug for a whorehouse that needs protection.Juno’s last partner knows that his risky plan has a purpose, but she’s that rarest of creatures on the hothouse planet of Lagarto: an honest cop. She can’t help him.When Juno discovers a series of profoundly twisted murders, he faces a bleak possibility: in his desperate quest for vengeance against the man who targeted him for death, Juno may have placed himself beyond any hope of redemption….
This is SF noir, it’s brutal, it’s straightforward, there’s not much emotional hand-wringing. And it’s engaging. That’s not to say there’s not a lot of emotion, but it tends to veer from fear to anger to rage and back. I think men write cold anger better than women (okay, start throwing things at me), while women are better at hot anger (more emotional, less cerebral). I’ve read some brutal dystopian fiction by women, but it’s always tempered by more emotional complexity among the characters. Sometimes, you just want the rage and grit, and that’s where you find a book like Kop Killer. It’s a great read. You will not walk away feeling warm and fuzzy.
Want to win a copy of Kop Killer? Weigh in. Think of the male-authored sci fi or urban fantasy you’ve read versus that by women. Is there a difference? Or am I grasping for something that isn’t really there?
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