This Side Of Judgment
By J. R. Dunn
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151000760, 320pp.)
Publication Date: August 1994
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The remnants of a community of supermen are hiding from the authorities. Cybernetically enhanced people-"chipheads"-they have implants in their brains. They may be the next stage in human evolution, the mind/machine interface, but one of the chipheads is insane. He likes to kill. The COSSF ) Computer Subversion Strike Force, a federal agency called the Cossacks) investigates when the system of the Ironwood First State Bank is tapped and the nude body of a dancer is discovered, mutilated savagely, near a farm road. Enter brash and short-fused Ross Bohlen, COSSF operative, who has a hard time working with the local police and an even harder time working with his boss. Bohlen wields a computer in one hand and a Colt Python in the other as he follows his instincts to track down the killer. In his debut novel J. R. Dunn gives the Frankenstein story a high-tec yet compassionate, poetic twist as he tells of a noble dream that becomes a tragic experiment.