English: Mardock Scramble
Synonyms: The First Compression, The Second Combustion, The Third Exhaust
Published: May 2003 to Jul 2003
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It was to be the last thought the young prostitute, Balot, would ever have…as a human anyway. Taken in by a devious gambler named Shell, she became a slave to his cruel desires and would have been killed by his hand if not for a private investigator and his self-aware Universal Tool, Oefcoque. Now a cyborg, Balot has not only physical powers, but the ability to disrupt social environments. She chases after Shell, his partner-in-crime Boiled, and faces down a variety of insane villains in this pulse-pounding cyberpunk noir adventure.
BackgroundIn 2003, Tow Ubukata won the 24th Nihon SF Taisho Award for Mardock Scramble.
The novels were published in English in a complete omnibus by VIZ Media under the Haikasoru imprint on January 18, 2011.
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