Monday, September 17, 2012

A Quick Guide to the Major Characters of Clean Guest blog By Alex Hughes

Hero (Nameless until end of book): Tall, lanky, sallow, brilliant but flawed, he’s a highly competent telepath who’s very good at his job, although he still struggles to stay on the wagon. He’s his own worst enemy, but he has a strong system of ethics and he gets personal satisfaction from doing his job well.

Detective Isabella Cherabino: Curvy and striking with long hair, Cherabino has a confident way of moving that comes from her martial arts training. She’s brittle and cranky to the hero, a workaholic with a tragic past and a bit of a loner. But she has the highest close rate in the department and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

Lieutenant Paulsen: A strong sixty-something policewoman and leader with a dark complexion and soft wrinkles, Paulsen is willing to make waves to get the job done. She runs the largest section of her police department with a shrinking budget and increasing crime, and she does it well.

Swartz: A thirty-year veteran of Narcotics Anonymous, Swartz has been helping others stay clean for decades. He has a deep patience, a no-tolerance approach to bullshit, and a quiet wisdom he’ll share whenever the situation calls for it.

Kara: Tall, blond, and thin, she was the main character’s fiancé until she betrayed him to the Guild years ago. Now she works as the Guild’s main liason to the Atlanta police and public.

Bellury: Overweight, even-tempered, and well past retirement age, Bellury babysits the main character in the interview rooms. He gives advice on how best to legally threaten suspects, and he makes sure the main character has everything he needs to do his job well.

The Killer: A person who has been leaving bodies around the city in plain sight, without an apparent cause of death. He (or she) seems to have a personal connection to the main character – and is killing faster lately, and with more brutality. 

Read Clean to follow these characters – and to meet Bransen, Bob, Michael, Andrew, Piccanonni, Clark, and more. It’s a big world out there, and even a telepath needs help along the way.


I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.

Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

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