The nine stories in this collection chronicle the errant, almost surreal exploits of the case-hardened private eyes, Koji Remote and Brock Meirski. Should a nihilist be invited to a wedding? Can a halfnoid commit suicide? How many ways are there to fail with women? These are some of the enigmas that will, like fireworks from another dimension, entertain... More
The nine fictions in 8 REMOTE WOMEN are, in one way or another, mysteries. The first five pieces approach a conventional detective-investigates-crime form, albeit with a very unconventional detective (Koji Remote) and 'crimes' that approach the surreal. In the sixth piece, "X-pek d-Laze," the detective has gone missing and a very odd group of his friends undertake the task of discovering his whereabouts. In the title piece, "8 Remote Women," Koji encounters a series of women that seem to exist on the far side of a gap he is mysteriously unable to cross. In "The Coinage of the Brain," Koji has retired to the suburbs, but is pulled back into the private eye's life when a neighbor's dog falls victim to an unscrupulous and corrupt veterinarian. In the final novella, "The Case," private eye Brock Meirski pursues a solution to an obscure condition he calls The Case. He finds evidence everywhere, but a solution eludes him as his efforts are repeatedly undermined by the exuberance of his own thought processes. 8 REMOTE WOMEN is unique, unnerving and hilarious.