Virtually Dead

Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (294p) ISBN 978-1-59058-670-9 ISBN 978-1-59058-708-9

Real life and the virtual world bleed into one another with dangerous results in this well-plotted mystery from May (Blacklight Blue ). Michael Kapinsky, a photographer for the Orange County (Calif.) Forensic Science Service, is fighting depression after losing his wife to cancer as well as facing a $3 million financial hole. Given his troubles, Michael decides to accept his therapist's suggestion to join an experimental group therapy session conducted in Second Life, an online world with 14 million members. A colleague of Michael's, crime scene investigator Janey Amat, already belongs to SL, where she runs the Twist of Fate Detective Agency. Janey welcomes Michael as her partner, and the pair soon discover that someone is killing avatars in SL as well as their RL (real-life) counterparts. May keeps the reader guessing while also providing an intriguing glimpse into the pleasures and pitfalls of SL. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 10/12/2009
Release date: 01/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
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