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Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

Still, Cayce is her father's daughter, and the danger makes her stubborn. Win Pollard, ex-security expert, probably ex-CIA, took a taxi in the direction of the World Trade Center on September 11 one year ago, and is presumed dead. Win taught Cayce a bit about the way agents work. She is still numb at his loss, and, as much for him as for any other reason, she refuses to give up this newly weird job, which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia. With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film to its source, and in the process will learn something about her father's life and death.

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"Gibson's usual themes are still intact....With incredibly evocative prose, Gibson masterfully captures the essence of a specific time and place....Gibson fans will not be disappointed." Benjamin Segedin, Booklist

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"Gibson's narrative is more relaxed than it has been in years....Some elements could have easily been jettisoned, but for every misstep there's a dash of pure, beautiful insight....A slick but surprisingly humane piece of work from the father of cyberpunk." Kirkus Reviews

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"[E]legant, entrancing....[Gibson's] sentences slide from silk to steel, and take tonal joy rides from the ironic to the earnest....Structurally, this may be his most confident novel. The secondary characters and their subplots are more fully developed, right down to their personal e-mail styles." Lisa Zeidner, The New York Times Book Review

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Numb at the loss of her ex-security expert father at the World Trade Center, Cayce Pollard refuses to give up on a secret assignment which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia to investigate Internet videos that are attracting a cult following. With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film, and in the process will learn something about her father's life and death.

About the Author

As the author of Neuromancer, William Gibson is credited with having coined the term "cyberspace" and envisioned the Internet-and its effects on daily life-before any such things existed. Many of his descriptions and metaphors have entered the culture as images of human relationships in the "wired" age. This is his first novel set firmly in the present.

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Peter Saucerman, August 16, 2006 (view all comments by Peter Saucerman)
Gibon's prose is relaxed and confident, though the newness of his cyber themes is worn a bit thin. At heart this is a simple mcguffin concept and the ending left me a bit disappointed. Still, a good summer read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399149863
Author:
Gibson, William
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
England
Subject:
London
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Business intelligence
Subject:
Women private investigators
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-177
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.34 x 6.3 x 1.42 in 1.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages G. P. Putnam's Sons - English 9780399149863 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gibson's usual themes are still intact....With incredibly evocative prose, Gibson masterfully captures the essence of a specific time and place....Gibson fans will not be disappointed."
"Review" by , "Gibson's narrative is more relaxed than it has been in years....Some elements could have easily been jettisoned, but for every misstep there's a dash of pure, beautiful insight....A slick but surprisingly humane piece of work from the father of cyberpunk."
"Review" by , "[E]legant, entrancing....[Gibson's] sentences slide from silk to steel, and take tonal joy rides from the ironic to the earnest....Structurally, this may be his most confident novel. The secondary characters and their subplots are more fully developed, right down to their personal e-mail styles."
"Synopsis" by , Numb at the loss of her ex-security expert father at the World Trade Center, Cayce Pollard refuses to give up on a secret assignment which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia to investigate Internet videos that are attracting a cult following. With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film, and in the process will learn something about her father's life and death.
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