"The sequel to YOU'VE GOT MURDER"
After finding the murderer of her creator, she took over
The Universal Library business after it was decided to do
away with AIP's (Artificial Intelligence Personality). Now
nobody can argue the point that Turing Hopper is a sentient
silicon based life form. She and her friend Maude own and
run UL. They also manage the Alan Grace company where
systems engineer Raymond Santiago is building a new network
that will be totally under Turing's control.
A former UL employee, Tim works as a private detective. He
and Turing remain friends. At Ray's request they play an
on-line game Beyond Paranoia. One night Tim is supposed to
meet Ray but gets sidetracked playing the game. Tim later
learns that Raymond has been murdered. His PDA and
portable PC are missing and Turing fears her identity has
been compromised. When it turns out Raymond has been using
an alias, she sends Tim to learn why he went underground
and if his reasons will affect her. Meanwhile Maude and
Turing investigate Beyond Paranoia and find it is much more
than an on-line game and it will impact the AIP in ways
impossible to imagine.
The sequel to YOU'VE GOT MURDER is charming, endearing and
adorable. The reader will forget that the heroine is an
AIP because she is a just as uncertain, frightened and
confused as most humans. Donna Andrews is a terrific
storyteller who creates a world (the web) within a world
and makes it seem a part of actual reality. There is a
cliffhanger ending that will be addressed in the next book
in this series that readers will be very eager to read.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003