Dervish Is Digital
By Pat Cadigan
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780312853778, 256pp.)
Publication Date: July 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Detective Lieutenant Doré Konstantin is up against it.
Konstantin is Chief Officer in charge of TechnoCrime, Artificial Reality Division. It sounds better than it is - in fact, the AR Division consists of three people and a case load of nearly impossible to solve crimes.
Now, as if handling her heavy case load almost single-handed weren't bad enough, she's got a stalker to deal with.
A woman named Susannah Ell claims that she is being stalked by her ex-husband, Hasting Dervish. It seems implausible at first - Dervish is an extraordinarily rich and powerful man, who should have better things to do. But as Konstantin starts to look into it, she discovers that it's not quite so impossible to believe: Dervish has traded places with an Artificial Intelligence, and is busy committing crimes no one has ever thought of before.
"Her fiction is ambitious and brilliantly executed. Cadigan is a major talent." - William Gibson
"Hacker fiction isn't exclusively a men's club, as Pat Cadigan demonstrates in novel after good novel."--Entertainment Weekly
"A tightly plotted, crisply written novel that fits the classic noir mystery template set down by the likes of Raymond Chandler more comfortably than anything William Gibson has ever written."-Andrew Leonard, Salon Magazine