Robert Kroese: Fleece Noir


By Carl Slaughter:

by Robert Kroese


Los Angeles of 2039 is a baffling and bifurcated place. After the Collapse of 2028, a vast section of LA, the Disincorporated Zone, was disowned by the civil authorities, and became essentially a third world country within the borders of the city. Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there’s no one better suited than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane. When a valuable genetically altered sheep mysteriously goes missing from Esper Corporation’s labs, Keane is the one they call.

But while the erratic Keane and his more grounded partner, Blake Fowler, are on the trail of the lost sheep, they land an even bigger case. Beautiful television star Priya Mistry suspects that someone is trying to kill her – and she wants Keane to find out who. When Priya vanishes and then reappears with no memory of having hired them, Keane and Fowler realize something very strange is going on. As they unravel the threads of the mystery, it soon becomes clear that the two cases are connected – and both point to a sinister conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the city. Saving Priya and the sheep will take all of Keane’s wits and Fowler’s skills, but in the end, they may discover that some secrets are better left hidden.


  • “As original a plot as I’ve run across in a long time. The Big Sheep is a sheer delight!” – Hugh Howey, NYT Bestselling author of Wool
  • “Fun, fast, and addictive. Kroese gives us a sci-fi /noir detective story that manages to catch the reader off guard again and again.” – Peter Clines, author of The Fold, 14, and the Ex-Heroes series
  • “An enthralling blend of sci-fi and noir, The Big Sheep left me salivating for a second helping of Erasmus Keane’s adventures.” — Rick Gualtieri, author of The Tome of Bill series
  • “Maybe Rob Kroese’s latest sci-fi novel, The Big Sheep, isn’t co-authored by Phillip Dick, but it does the late great author some serious homage. At the same time…and this is remarkable… Kroese has conjured up a thoroughly original, stunningly intelligent plot that both thrilled and delighted me. It also made me laugh. A riveting, hallucinatory joy-ride into a dangerous future by a terrific author writing at the top of his game.” — Vincent Zandri, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Remains and When Shadows Come
  • “Kroese demonstrates his creative imaginative worldbuilding in this sci-fi mystery series debut set in 2039 Los Angeles.” – Publishers Weekly


Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan – home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has four more books in the Mercury series; a humorous epic fantasy trilogy (the Dis trilogy), a space opera farce (Starship Grifters) and a quantum physics noir thriller, Schrodinger’s Gat. His latest book is The Big Sheep.





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4 thoughts on “Robert Kroese: Fleece Noir

  1. Heh. This is the guy who got into an argument with me on Twitter because I said that one of his buddies shouldn’t say offensive demeaning shit.

  2. I love that the previous comment was said by a sheep. Serendipity.

    Alexvdl: that reduces my enthusiasm for the book.

    Also, are we gonna have TV by 2039? Not as we know it.

  3. lurkertype: that reduces my enthusiasm for the book.

    I have a number of authors who I simply will not bother to read because of the behavior I’ve observed on Facebook over a long period of time. This is one of them.

    That is the risk one takes as an author, if they choose to post anything other than promotion for their writing on social media: readers might decide that they’re not interested in subsidizing the career of the “real you”. 😐

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