I'm hoping you can help me find a book's title and author. It was a book I had seen before but didn't buy.

The plot followed a private detective set in a future where all people lived in segregated communities based on their similar interests. So for instance, scientists would live in a district where others were like-minded in their pursuit of knowledge, etc. This private detective lived in a district where people were fascinated by displaying and observing the vibrant spectrum of colours. I'd like to express my thanks in advance for any help you can give me.


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That's Michael Marshall Smith's Only Forward. The protagonist lives in the 'Color' district of the city. His girlfriend lives in a district dedicated to Getting Things Done. Another friend of his lives in a district dedicated to violence.

Book cover

  • That is brilliant. I've been trying to figure that out for so long. Cheers.
    – Cadel
    Nov 25, 2016 at 2:03
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    – Jon B
    Nov 25, 2016 at 2:11

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