Uncertainty

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9780151002023: Uncertainty

Uncertainty is a darkly erotic, tautly plotted psychological thriller. It marks the American debut of the exciting young Danish writer Michael Larsen. Martin Molberg, a tabloid journalist with a history of mental instability,is suspected of murdering his girlfriend, Monique. To clear his name Molberg must track down the real killer. In the process he uncovers evidence that Monique was leading a double life: a photo of her engaged in kinky sex; an inexplicable deposit of millions in their joint bank account; a cryptic note from a man named Pascal. Molberg's obsessive search takes him from Copenhagen to Los Angeles. Along the way he stumbles into the realm of high technology gone awry and a web of intrigue and murder involving Hollywood, the National Security Agency, pornographers, and image manipulators. Downing Dexedrine and Thorazine with scotch chasers, he begins to question his sense of reality as he sifts through circuitous and contradictory evidence. The more he discovers, the harder it becomes for him to distinguish what is real and what is not. With the verve of William Gibson and the sophisticated suspense of Michael Crichton, Uncertainty is a distrubing vision of life in the postcomputer age.

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After Martin Molberg's girlfriend is murdered, he stumbles upon evidence of her double life, items that include a photograph of her having sex with a strange man and papers revealing a covert bank account. As he simultaneously drowns his sorrows in pharmaceutical cocktails and attempts to learn her true identity, Martin uncovers an industrial espionage ring involving high-tech computers and high-definition TV. The dark side of digital society is revealed as Martin discovers how easily images can be manipulated to create the seamless appearance of dual realities.

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Danish reporter Martin Molberg is driven by demons. His girlfriend's murder remains unsolved. Suspicion clings to him like a cold sweat. His mental state is crumbling under a blitz of Zantac and Demerol. Yet perhaps most disturbing is the grainy photograph of his sweet-tempered Monique and a shadowy stranger, caught in a sordid act of rough sex. This is not the woman he loved. Or is it?

Fueled by an obsessive search for truth that takes him from Copenhagen to Los Angeles, Molberg unexpectedly uncovers something far greater and far more sinister: digital technology with ramifications so chilling, it will change the face of the future . . . and the ways we receive, interpret, and believe information.

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