"A SF thriller that is quite good and realistic"
Detective Dore Konstantine runs the three-person Techno
Crime, AR (Artificial Reality) Division. Though swamped
with work, as the net has become a copyright nightmare,
Dore would not mind if they could win one once a while.
Proof is difficult at best to find and justice is a cyber
thought of the mundane realm.
However, Dore is stunned when designer Susannah Ell claims
her former spouse wealthy Hastings Dervish is stalking her
via artificial reality. Stalking is a real world dangerous
dilemma, not a cyberworld problem. Susannah wants Dore to
make Hastings stop preferably by arresting him. A
disbelieving Dore knows the world of cyberspace is filled
with lies, misinformation, and deadly illusion. In this
place, Dore seeks the truth amidst the cesspool of AR while
Japanese police peer Goku believes her target is working
the Hong Kong casinos. Is that in the real world or the
artificial world? Either way, Dore is going to learn just
how clever and dangerous Dervish really is.
The return of Dore Konstantine, cyberspace police officer,
is a joyful event for those readers who relish something
quite different in their police procedurals. Like with its
predecessor (see TEA FROM AN EMPTY CUP), DERVISH IS DIGITAL
is a wild ride that never slows down for a moment even when
the readers enter AR, a place that seems more authentic
than our reality does at times. Talented Pat Cadigan takes
the police procedural into places that few, if any, has
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 7, 2001