A Viennese reporter spends an evening with a computer nerd. Months later the man's widow calls, hoping the reporter can help explain her husband's demise. The reporter agrees against his better judgement, soon finding himself in strange deep water.
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Sharkey is a Viennese newspaper columnist who finds himself spending time with a drunken computer nerd. When his acquaintance dies in mysterious circumstances, he is contacted by the surprisingly glamorous widow, convinced he has been passed vital information. This sets Sharkey on a terrifying and complex search through the cyber highways for an equation which turns out to be a very dangerous secret for those who know it.
The writer who took out the patent on the cyberpunk novel was, of course, William Gibson. His nightmarish vision of the future has proved a literary gold mine for many of his followers. Matthews' book, however, is something noticeably different. Although it could certainly be called science fiction (it is, after all, set in the year at 2026), Matthews clearly has a more literary model in mind. And although his compulsive narrative has many thriller trappings, the use of language is both exciting and innovative.
As a guide to the dark and violent world of nationalism and racial tension, Matthews is always sure-footed (even if he is not always able to shake off the over-familiarity of his material). Readers of literary novels (or, for that matter, readers of straight thrillers) should not be frightened away by the science fiction elements here. This is a piece which has plenty to offer all kinds of readers. --Barry Forshaw
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Book Description Vintage, London, 2000. Kl.-8°, Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Gut. 312 Seiten Gut erhaltenes Exemplar. K9146 ISBN 9780099283041 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 150. Bookseller Inventory # 839888
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Book Description Vintage, London, 2000. Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Gut. 312 Seiten Kanten berieben, in engl. Sprache ISBN: 9780099283041 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 150. Bookseller Inventory # 223059
Book Description Vintage, London, 2000. Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Gut. Auflage: New edition. 320 Seiten Sofortversand! Gutes Exemplar, geringe Gebrauchsspuren, Cover/SU berieben/bestoßen, Schnitt/Papier nachgedunkelt, innen alles in Ordnung; good – edges/text pages yellowed/darkened Immediate delivery in bubble wrap envelope! Good copy, light signs of previous use, cover/dust jacket has some rubbing/wear (along the edges), edges/text pages show yellowing/darkening, interior in good condition 160216hh43 ISBN: 9780099283041 Alle Preise inkl. MwST Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 149. Bookseller Inventory # 360859