by Glenn Lazar Roberts

“I stepped through the wall and the molecules that formed the gypsum and paint on the building that was the pride of Ciudad Juarez again became impenetrable. Outside, I re-attached my finger. Pinky. I smiled at the nickname. Pinky this, moronista! I told you no jail could hold me. Who the hell fucks over his worst enemy, gives him the keys to the Universe, then fucks him over again? Well, that’s their hard luck, cause when Pinky gives them the finger, they stay fingered. I’m just that kinda guy.”

Quantum mechanics meets hard-boiled detective in this classic film noir take-off on Dashiell Hammett’s famous Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe.


A nominee in Dragon Award’s Best Science Fiction Novel category.

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RECENT REVIEWS of Quantum Marlowe:

“It has a complex plot–wheels within wheels–[and] it’s well done and funny. I started laughing on page 1. . .Is there any way you could resist asking for more?” —Mensa Bulletin Book Reviews

“Raymond Chandler meets Hitchhiker’s Guide meets Monty Python. What a crazy, fun read!” —D.L. Young, author The Dark Republic series.

“Just wow. Quantum Marlowe is a fun romp that mixes the detective genre with science fiction. It brought to mind authors like Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Funny, vivid, and often strange, this book is its own adventure and worth the journey.” —jddehart

“Marlow is fearless, funny, savvy, and brave. Cracking good action mystery…funny, sardonic and fast paced. Loved every minute!!” —Kelly Watley (5 stars)

“Quantum Marlowe is a quirky Tech noire which features a gritty, fast talking detective, traveling through parallel universes and dimensions to track down a powerful relic. Once he obtains it, Marlowe must outmaneuver a drug-pushing mafia queen, mad-hatter scientists, and a gang of hardened killers, in order to keep it and return it to its rightful place. The clever narrative takes us through a high stake, high energy quest while introducing intriguing ideas of quantum dynamics… An entertaining joyride that challenged the reader with its complexity and layered nuances.” —Felicia Mack Little, author of Scions of Darkness.

“Pete Marlowe isn’t five feet tall, but the hardboiled detective PI can usually take care of himself with his smarts, his mouth, and his favorite Colt 45. This crazy narrative starts out all crime film noir and proceeds into overwhelming fantasy sci-fi, quantifiably unusual and uniquely quirky. At the Vatican, the reader begins to get a glimmer that this isn’t just a simple fantasy sci-fi. It quickly becomes so multi-layered, so complicated and complex that if you weren’t paying attention you’d be lost now. There is a parallel universe (actually universes), however, as otherwise our clever Italian Canali suited detective would never have survived the mobsters who send him deep into Mexico to a hidden Aztec pyramid in the mountains of the Sierra Madre to deal with the cartel, who are actually pretty clever themselves… Roberts notes in his bio that he loves language. No kidding, as this story is chock full of humorous metaphors, similes, twists of well-known clichés, phrases, and all manner of tongue-in-cheek connotations, innuendoes, and insinuations. The well-plotted and fast-moving intricate narrative involves multiple well-developed personalities. Dialogue runs from typical forties film noir to the wacky. Reading this book becomes a quasi-train wreck scenario. You can’t believe where this is going and you have to see for yourself how it is going to conclude. Recommended for die-hard fans of exceptional avant-garde fantasy sci-fi prose.” —Virginia Williams (5 stars)

“Glenn Lazar Roberts is one of the finest writers of unconventional prose in contemporary fiction. His wonderfully inventive plots and mastery of the language place him in the company of Calvino, Burges, Gass…” —C. Thorman, author Holy Orders