I remember that the detective had an apartment that could change interior colors. I also remember one character, who was a boss of some sort that had bodyguards that were, maybe, genetically modified to be super beefy and could flick off bullets.

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. Where did you read this? Was it in English? Do you recall any details of the book? (Paperback vs. hardcover, length, cover art...)
    – DavidW
    Sep 1 '21 at 0:54
  • Was it set in the Middle East?
    – LAK
    Sep 1 '21 at 1:16
  • @LAK You thinking of When Gravity Fails too? The Stone and the Stone Who Speaks (Bey's bodyguards) could fit, although I don't remember either of them being shot at, and Audran's apartment isn't fancy enough to change colours.
    – DavidW
    Sep 1 '21 at 5:04
  • @DavidW Yes, that was my initial thought, but I don't remember many of the details.
    – LAK
    Sep 1 '21 at 13:03

I'm pretty sure that is "Only Forward" by Michael Marshall Smith.

Stark lives in Colour, a neighbourhood whose inhabitants like to be co-ordinated with their surroundings – a neighbourhood where spangly purple trousers are admired by the walls of buildings as you pass them. Close by is Sound, where you mustn’t make any, apart from one designated hour a day when you can scream your lungs raw. Then there’s Red – get off at F**k Station Zero if you want to see a tactical nuclear battle recreated as a sales demonstration.

Stark has friends in Red, which is just as well because Something is about to happen. And when a Something happens it’s no good chanting ‘Duck and cover’ while cowering in a corner, because a Something is always from the past, Stark’s past, and it won’t go away until you face it full on.


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