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Publisher's Summary

This Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novella is part murder mystery, part romance, and more than a little bit scary.Victor Apfel, a troubled war vet, gets an odd, pre-recorded phone message, instructing him to go inside the house next door. He opens the door to find his neighbor shot through the head. But is it suicide - or murder? And is it possible that a computer is to blame?
©1984 Davis Publications; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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Hugo Award, Best Novella, 1985
Nebula Award, Best Novella, 1984
All-Time Best Novellas (Locus Magazine)
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By Amazon Customer on 09-26-08

Good, but dated computer references

It's an interesting mystery by itself, but without knowing it's from 1984 you might be wondering a bit about the strange computer slang and references to middle-aged Korean war veterans.

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By Mark on 07-06-16

Dated, uninteresting

A massive award winner that is too dated and uninteresting. Written in the early 1980s, the book has to explain what a cursor is. It worries about artificial intelligence and the possibility of a system that is basically what the internet turned out to be. I just never cared, especially about the 50-year-old hero who gets to have repeated sexual bouts with a 25-year-old, huge-breasted Vietnamese woman. Bechdel test: Fail. Grade: C+

If tempted anyway, the narration is excellent.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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