Tek Lords (Jake Cardigan)

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Jake Cardigan discovers the connection between a brutal murder and a synthetic plague that had killed his ex-wife, and it is all linked to the Tek cartel, purveyors of the computerized drug crippling the futuristic society

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From Publishers Weekly:

Shatner's second novel, like his first ( Tekwar ), is a competent but predictable detective thriller played before a standard SF backdrop. Private eye Jake Cardigan narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. It seems someone is holding a grudge for Cardigan's part in destroying a major Tek cartel, and as he races to learn who has it in for him, Cardigan discovers an even darker plot: someone has released a deadly viral plague in San Franciso, which threatens his son and ex-wife. Bodies drop on all sides as the plot hurtles toward its inevitable climax, and Cardigan is repeatedly rescued from extinction by the convenient arrival of old friends, who vanish as soon as their job is done. The novel is filled with stock characters, from the antagonistic police chief determined to "get something" on Cardigan to the persistent and intelligent female reporter whom the tough-guy detectives are always trying to ditch. Shatner's Greater Los Angeles of 2120 is a pale reflection of the blighted cityscape of Bladerunner , and though this novel makes use of a number of popular science fiction concepts (cyborgs, androids, manmade viruses, etc.), the various social issues raised by these elements receive only cursory examination. Lots of fast action here, but very little depth.
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From Kirkus Reviews:

Sequel to Shatner's promising debut, Tekwar (1989), now apparently having mutated into a series, with familiar ingredients: hard-boiled p.i. Jake Cardigan returns to battle the international evildoers peddling the addictive electronic drug tek. Called in to investigate the murder of a top drug-control agent by a reprogrammed human zombie assassin, Jake uncovers a connection with the release of an artificial plague virus now threatening San Francisco (among the victims is Jake's ex-wife). Again, Jake teams up with wisecracking sidekick Gomez and girlfriend Beth to track down the source of the plague and deal with the teklords whose blackmail plot the virus turns out to be. Agreeably tongue-in-cheek, cleverly inventive of future hardware and slang, but with a considerably weaker plot than before; the perfunctory windup doesn't help. Okay for existing fans, but won't win many new converts. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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