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Rule 34 by Charles Stross
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841497730
Date: 07 July 2011 List Price 12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Another hugely prolific Orbit author, Charles Stross, has a new novel out this month. Rule 34 (see this definition of exactly what this is!)is described as a "cutting edge cyber-thriller" and fans of Stross' particular brand of uber-geek-dom will find much to please them here. Interestingly, the novel is written entirely in second person (as was one of his previous novels, Halting State) which is a method of story telling I find very alienating and not at all to my taste - but don't let that stop you!

"DI Liz Kavanaugh: You realise policing internet porn is your life and your career went down the pan five years ago. But when a fetishist dies on your watch, the Rule 34 Squad moves from low priority to worryingly high profile. Anwar: As an ex-con, you'd like to think your identity fraud days are over. Especially as you've landed a legit job (through a shady mate). Although now that you're Consul for a shiny new Eastern European Republic, you've no idea what comes next. The Toymaker: Your meds are wearing off and people are stalking you through Edinburgh's undergrowth. But that's ok, because as a distraction, you're project manager of a sophisticated criminal operation. But who's killing off potential recruits? So how do bizarre domestic fatalities, dodgy downloads and a European spamming network fit together? The more DI Kavanaugh learns, the less she wants to find out. "

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