Rule 34 (A Halting State Novel #2) (Mass Market)

By Charles Stross

Ace, 9781937007669, 352pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2012

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Hardcover (7/5/2011)
Paperback (7/1/2011)

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Meet Edinburgh Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh, head of the Innovative Crimes Investigation Unit, otherwise known as the Rule 34 Squad. They monitor the Internet for potential criminal activity, analyzing trends in the extreme fringes of explicit content. And occasionally, even more disturbing patterns arise…

Three ex-cons have been murdered in Germany, Italy, and Scotland. The only things they had in common were arrests for spamming—and a taste for unorthodox entertainment. As the first officer on the scene of the most recent death, Liz finds herself sucked into an international investigation that isn’t so much asking who the killer is, but what—and if she doesn't find the answer soon, the homicides could go viral.

About the Author

Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England in 1964. He holds degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has worked in a variety of jobs including pharmacist, technical author, software engineer, and freelance journalist. He is now a full-time writer.

Praise For Rule 34 (A Halting State Novel #2)

“The act of creation seems to come easily to Charles Stross…[He] is peerless at dreaming up devices that could conceivably exist in 6, 60 or 600 years’ time.” --The New York Times

“One of the most intelligently and philosophically detailed near futures ever conceived. Dazzling, chilling, and brilliant.” --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“A savvy, funny, viciously inventive science fiction novel.” --Cory Doctorow, author of For The Win

"Entertaining and propulsive storytelling." --Locus