Crime-scene photographer Michael Kapinsky is a man whose first life is in a mess. But his second life is about to get a whole lot messier, with dead bodies turning up in both.
Staggering under the financial burden bequeathed him by his recently deceased wife, Michael is also struggling to come to terms with her death, until his psychologist persuades him to enter a virtual world called Second Life to participate in a new kind of group therapy.
Once there, in the persona of his Brad Pitt lookalike, Chas Chesnokov, Michael soon discovers that murder is not just confined to the real world. Victims whose crime scenes he has attended in the wealthy Southern California resort of Newport Beach have had their avatars clinically executed in the virtual world. The game has just turned deadly.
Co-opted into the Twist of Fate Detective Agency, Michael's Second Life alter ego, Chas, embarks on an investigation with exotic dancer and escort girl Doobie Littlething. Together they uncover a series of killings and a financial scam that is netting the murderer millions of dollars - real dollars.
But when Michael is tempted by the money that mysteriously appears in Chas's Second Life account, both his real and his virtual lives are put in danger. And in a thrilling denouement played out in the dark and secret worlds on both sides of the computer screen, one of them will die and a shocking secret will be revealed.
©2010 Peter May; (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Real life and the virtual world bleed into one another with dangerous results in this well-plotted mystery....May keeps the reader guessing while also providing an intriguing glimpse into the pleasures and pitfalls of SL." (Publishers Weekly)
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I wish I had used my brain and connected the title with the fact that this book takes place for the most part in a virtual world Frankly that bore the pants off me Additionally this virtual world in unpleasant, inhabited by foul mouthed, sexual deviants which interests me neither Add to that the dialogue which is computer orientated LOL OGM etc Yawn
Part of the joy of a book is the language - it doesn't exist here.
I perservered because I love Peter May but what I like about him - well structured, atmospheric story lines with believable and interesting characters - is not apparent in this book If you like other Peter May books, don't bother with this
"A virtual page turner"
This Peter May does not have Enzo McLeod as the hero, however I found it just as interesting. As usual May has researched his background and the story gripped me and I could not wait to learn more. A real 'can't put it down' book. I was hooked from start to finish.
"Not Quite but a pleaseant read"
Interesting concept I have watched my girls play Sims on their computers and the world described by May is understandable, the idea of psychoanalysis in the virtual world is something I guess likely to happen as is the idea of global company hosting this type of arena. The book is well narrated empathising with the characters giving the listener's imagination a good base to visualise the players and both environments. An interesting thriller with a few twists and turns maybe it is worth 3 stars!
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