Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345457684, 400pp.
Publication Date: March 4, 2003
Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats -existence- as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .
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