I read this in the early noughties. It would’ve been published around that time.

I don’t remember much besides the fact there was more than one book. Below I will list the recurring themes between books, before revealing details of books that I remember.

  • The story is set in the U.K., where Scotland and The North are far wealthier than The South (namely anything south of the Midlands).
  • The protagonist loves someone, however they are incompatible because they’re professions do not produce optimal babies.
  • there is some kind of floating robot helper for our protagonist
  • the protagonist is a detective of some kind
  • the country is run by “the authorities” which seems to be some kind of computer software, but it’s unclear from what I recall.

Book specific details

  • the first book prominently featured a bow and arrow. It’s relevance I don’t know.
  • the second book I recall featured some sort of Olympic venue in London, I believe someone drowned while laying foundations for one of the buildings. Something I explicitly remember is the abundance of snakes in London
  • the third book I recall predominantly featured ice and something in the far north.

The 'Traces' series by Malcolm Rose. The boy is called Luke, and is a detective. he has a robot helper called Mal. His wannabe girlfriend is called Jade, and is a musician. The first book is Framed. The book with the swimmer is called Final lap, and is actually the 5th book in the series.

  • This sounds like it was probably it, let me dig a bit more. Providing some more details in the answer would help. – Edlothiad Feb 24 '18 at 9:05

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