I read a story years ago (1990s perhaps) about police work in the future. I don't remember the title or author, but the main character was a policewoman. The climax of the story was a major police raid. The night before was spent "growing" specialised weapons and equipment using nanotechnology. Nano tech wasn't mentioned much unti the end, as I recall. A constant feature was a communicator called a Pad, which was pretty much what an iPad is nowadays, phone/newspaper/messages/information. Does anyone know of this novel?

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. About when did you read this? "Years ago" means different things to different people. You should check out the suggestions for story-id questions to see if they help you recall any more details you can edit into your question.
    – DavidW
    Jul 25, 2020 at 0:46
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/163883/…
    – Otis
    Aug 15, 2020 at 21:30

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Is it possible you're remembering Queen of Angels (1990) by Greg Bear?

paperback cover of Queen of Angels

The first storyline follows LAPD Lieutenant Mary Choy, detective/investigator as she tries to hunt down a criminal, Schlege, who is organizing and committing vigilante acts of torture. The first part of her arc concludes with a major police raid against his people ("Selectors") to arrest them and free their victims.

I don't specifically recall having to wait on an operation while weapons are grown, but they do deploy nanotech surveillance devices to infiltrate their apartment before charging in.

Nanotech is ubiquitous in the novel, used for everything from space probes to body modification ("transforms").

As for the pad, they have "slates" which are basically tablets. They can use them for communication, viewing - in the above scene nanobots are sent though the sewage system to infiltrate the apartment the Selectors are using; they watch the video on their slates. Later, Mary uses her slate to connect to the office network and work.


Aw, someone got here first. I think it's Queen of Angels too. Good book. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_Angels_(novel)

  • This really doesn't add anything to the existing answer...
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jul 25, 2020 at 23:46
  • @DavidW Thanks, I didn't think that was the one at first, but now I think you may be right. My memory of the details may be hazy. I'll check the book out.
    – Rocky
    Jul 26, 2020 at 22:17
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    @haksa Thanks to you too, haksa.
    – Rocky
    Jul 26, 2020 at 22:19

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