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Halting State by Charles Stross
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441014989
Date: 02 October 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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A bank heist in a massive multi-player online game's bank brings together an interesting assortment of investigators, including a game designer who was once convicted of a sex crime for underage petting, a police detective who's having trouble wrapping her mind around the seriousness of virtual theft, and a seriously out-of-her-depth bank auditor. They're looking for a hacker who reminds them very much of someone they know; if they could only put their finger on who that is. Poking around inside cyberspace and throughout independent Scotland makes a lot of people very nervous, and not just because some play money went missing. One of Stross' best, which is pretty good considering he's consistently brilliant.

From official release/information:

Book Description: In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates, a dot-com startup company that's just been floated on the London stock exchange. The suspects are a band of marauding orcs, with a dragon in tow for fire support, and the bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four. For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But she soon realizes that the virtual world may have a devastating effect in the real one-and that someone is about to launch an attack upon both...

(Source: Ace)

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