A teenage girl found naked and fatally injured in a mountain forest two hundred miles from her home. The mutilated corpse of a young man in the Nevada desert, his heart and eyes removed. The post-apocalyptic world of a role-playing computer game - and the murderous spree of a psychopathic killer driven by delusions of superhuman supremacy. And rookie detective Summer Zeigler, pitched headlong into her first major case. But even as she tries to unpick the killer's twisted logic, he lures her into a cat-and-mouse game with a spectacular climax of his own devising.
Paul McAuley has worked as a researcher in biology at various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for six years was a lecturer in plant science at St Andrews University. His first novel won the prestigious Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and his fifth the Arthur C. Clarke and the John W. Campbell Awards. He lives in North London. Visit the author's website at www.omegacom.demon.co.uk
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