Wyatt Gillette, hacker extraordinaire, is temporarily released from prison to help in a murder investigate with the California State Police Computer Crimes Unit (CCU). Serial killer, Phate, is also a very gifted hacker who has left reality behind and is bringing a computer game to the real world. THe idea of the game is to kill as many people as possible in a weeks time. The only catch is that the people must be very secure and basically untouchable. As each kill is completed, the next victim must be harder to access. Wyatt, Frank Bishop (homicide detective), and a small crew of CCU computer geeks, as well as, a few other detectives are working 24/7 to track and trace this brutal serial killer.
Phate (though totally nuts) is a brilliant tactician. He feints one way (false clues) and strikes the other way. He has thir entire team stepping, fetching and tripping over their own feet. Simply spectacular!
Jeffery Deaver has written a masterpiece along the lines of Dan Brown's Digital Fortress though the language is dummed down for us laymen. The intrigue is spellbinding which makes this book difficult to put down. The in depth computer speak (hackers language) bogs it down some but I found that this info isn't necessary to solving the mystery and skipped quite a bit of it. Great book.
cop nevel but with a lot of computer lingo. They provide a glossary for us "CIVILIANS" (non computer industry types)
Excellant book, edge of the seat page turner.