Heavy Metal Pulp: Pleasure Model: Netherworld Book, 1 written by Christopher Rowley & illustrated by Justin Norman, is the first book in a trilogy. Detective Rook is investigating a murder where Plesur, a vat-grown human “sex toy”, is the only witness. As Rook progresses with his investigation, he finds the murder ties into a vast government conspiracy. He must try to keep himself and Plesur alive as there are others who would prefer the truth not be revealed. The story blends mystery and sci-fi with a pulp/noir tone similar to most Heavy Metal Magazine stories. I rate this one 3.75 for an interesting premise that deals with the ethics and potential of growing humans for various duties. Be forewarned that the story ends abruptly with no real conclusion. The sequel will be out in June.
Presenting Heavy Metal Pulp, a new line of novels combining noir fiction with fantastic art featuring the themes, story lines, and graphic styles of Heavy Metal magazine.
In Pleasure Model, the first book in the Netherworld trilogy, down-and out police detective Rook gets a big break when he’s assigned to a bizarre and vicious murder case. The clues are colder than the corpse and the case looks like it’ll remain unsolved—until an eyewitness is discovered. But the witness is a Pleasure Model, an illegal gene-grown human. Plesur’s only purpose is to provide satisfaction to her owner—in any way. When the murderer targets Plesur in order to eliminate the one witness, Rook takes her into hiding to protect her. Thus begins a descent into the dark world of exotic pleasure mods and their illicit buyers and manufacturers. Rook frantically looks for clues, struggling to stay one stop ahead of those looking to kill them both. But is Rook falling under Plesur’s spell….?