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When a sadistic hacker, code-named Phate, sets his sights on Silicon Valley, his victims never know what hit them. He infiltrates their computers, invades their lives, and lures them to their deaths. To Phate, each murder is like a big, challenging computer hack: every time he succeeds, he must challenge himself anew - by taking his methodology to a higher level, and aiming at bigger targets. Desperate, the head of the California Sate Police Computer Crimes Division frees Wyatt Gillette, imprisoned for hacking, to aid the investigation - against the loud protests of the rest of the division. With an obsession emblematic of hackers, Gillette fervently attempts to trace Phate's insidious computer virus back to its source. Then Phate delivers a huge blow, murdering one of the division's own - a "wizard" who had pioneered the Internet - and the search takes on a zealous intensity.
Gillette and Detective Frank Bishop - an old-school homicide cop who's accustomed to forensic sleuthing - make an uneasy team. But with a merciless and brilliant killer like Phate in their crosshairs, and his twisted game reaching a fever pitch, they must utilize every ounce of their talents to stop him.
©2001 Jeffery Deaver (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"This novel is, in hacker terms, 'totally moby' - the most exciting, and most vivid, fiction yet about the neverland hackers call 'the blue nowhere.'" (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joel on 12-23-04

No MUD slinging here!

Wow, this was the first audio book I listened to in years. What a great way to get back into the swing! Being a technophile myself, I loved Deaver's accuracy with which his protagonist works his magic.

If you have any curiosity about MUDs and cyber crime, get this book.
If you just love a good mystery, thriller with great plot twists and a satisfying ending, get this book.

If you are not that technically savvy, not to worry, you can easily follow the plot regardless.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Raymond on 11-15-05


i must say that this has to be one of the most suspenseful and intriguing books that ive read in a long time. I couldnt put it down! The subject matter, the characters, the twists!!!...excellent. Most of all, one doesnt have to be a computer whiz to enjoy. the way everything is explained in detail, so its like your walking among the characters themselves. Deliciously Delightful.

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