Addict (The Cassie Tam Files 1)

basilleeimageReleased via NineStar Press
Genre: Cyberpunk - Crime Noir - Lesfic
Release Date: 8 May 2017
Currently available in ebook and paperback formats
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New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.

When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.

Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.



STORY SALVE: 4.5 out of 5

“One thing Matt Doyle does really well is mixing in aspects of world-building with everything that’s going on, without resorting to info-dumping. This story could easily be a social commentary: Through her interactions, Cassie learns to not judge people so much for their hobbies and interests, and not to jump to conclusions about people in general. I also really appreciated that, while it’s clear that Cassie likes girls, her being queer isn’t the focus of the story. This isn’t a coming-out story, or a romance, but there are elements of queerness that are still relatable. Cassie was such an enjoyable character to read about, and it’s clear that this could easily turn into a longer series. The world of the novel has a lot of potential for exploration, and I look forward to seeing Cassie (and Lori) again.”


“I was especially curious to see how the author would handle the mixing between Sci-Fi and Fantasy elements. As it turns out, I was not going to be disappointed. The world-building is pretty solid and one can see that the author put a lot of thought into creating a sensible connection between the past (in other words our current time period) and the present in which the novel takes place.”

DONTE M MCNEAL: 5 out of 5

“Addict boasts the staples of a Matt Doyle project: A detailed and sprawling world, coupled with complex characters, that learning more about is just as interesting as the immersive world they live in. I don’t remember the last time I devoured a book in one sitting like I did this one, but Addict was one of the best reads of the year so far for me. I’ll be impatiently…I mean eagerly waiting to see what comes next for Caz and co.”


JENNLY READS: 4 out of 5

“For someone who has never read much of the Steampunk genre and even less LGBT, Addict drew me in with a strong lead, a great plot and a killer twist. I’m sure we have barely scratched the surface with Cassie and I’m curious to see what New Hopeland, Lori and future cases have in store for her.”

E.M. HAMILL: 4 out of 5

“It was like reading a Sam Spade pulp book and watching Blade Runner at the same time. I love the fact that her flirtation with Lori is taking a realistic progression.”

MELLO & JUNE: 4 out of 5

New Hopeland was the town in which all this futuristic mayhem takes place. What comes to mind immediately is Gotham City. It’s a dark place that has a feel of the world we currently live. In fact, this story feels so like today, it scares me that we’ve already arrived.


“By far, exploring the world was the most entertaining for me. My favorite parts were the crystalline moments when the action, science fiction, and mystery elements locked into a vivid mental picture. I also appreciated Cassie’s hard edges. She was a bad-ass protagonist, and I wouldn’t mind reading more stories with her in them. All in all, the mecha-furries were cool, Bert the robo-bird was cool, and I would give this protagonist another chance.”

ON TOP DOWN UNDER: 3.5 out of 5

“Addict is a pretty decent first book in a series. It has an interesting storyline and an interesting female lead. It also contains intriguing types of tech people – the shifters – and tech creatures – hi, Burt.  The last third of this book picked up the action too, and Cassie kicked some butt.”



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