"An exciting and different type of mystery"
In the not too distant future, the Net has become such a
vital part of day to day living that it has it's own
governing body and police force. One of the hottest places
on the net is Virtual Dreams; a site where people can take
a virtual vacation that lasts two weeks in net time but
only two days in real time. It is the ultimate in virtual
reality and participants can do anything on his or her own
except have sex.
The owner of the business, Andrea Girt, has a waiting list
a mile long and both she and the net, which takes a cut,
believe their site can only get better. When the first
tour guide gets killed while within the tour, net officials
believe he had a heart attack but Andrea thinks somebody
killed the tour guide. When a second attempt is made, the
Net police are forced to look for answers to the creators
of the program, mutants that don't officially exist and
have never left their cages in an underground top secret
scientific laboratory. Only the mutant (who can pass for
human) Monkey can stop the killer but that means turning
against his own kind.
This science fiction mystery has a fascinating premise that
readers will find pulls them into the story line almost
from the start. The characters are well developed and
believable, but the star of VIRTUAL MURDER is Monkey, a
mutant with a human heart and soul, who can operate
independently of the net. Jennifer Maccaire is a talented
writer who has found her niche in futuristic mysteries. One
hopes that readers haven't seen the last of Monkey.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 5, 2003