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Author: Peter May Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481585545

Publisher Description

Crime-scene photographer Michael Kapinsky is a man whose first life is in a mess.But his second life is about to get a whole lot messier.

Staggering under the financial burden bequeathed him by his recently deceased wife, Michael is also struggling to come to terms with her death. To help, Michael's psychologist persuades him to participate in a new kind of group therapy, a virtual world called Second Life. Once there, in the persona of his Brad Pitt lookalike, Chas Chesnokov, Michael soon discovers that murder is not just confined to the real world. Victims whose crime scenes he has attended in the wealthy Southern California resort of Newport Beach have had their avatars clinically executed in the virtual world.

Co-opted into the Twist of Fate Detective Agency, Michael's Second Life alter ego embarks on an investigation with exotic dancer and escort girl, Doobie Littlething. Together they uncover a series of killings and a financial scam that is netting the murderer millions of dollars—real dollars.

But when Michael is tempted by the money that mysteriously appears in Chas' Second Life account, both his real and his virtual lives are put in danger.In a thrilling denouement played out in the dark and secret worlds on both sides of the computer screen, someone will die, and a shocking secret will be revealed.

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  • “Real life and the virtual world bleed into one another with dangerous results in this well-plotted mystery…May keeps the reader guessing while also providing an intriguing glimpse into the pleasures and pitfalls of Second Life.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “With a strong investigative mystery and a deep look at a modern day network nation of fourteen million netizens that find the virtual intoxicating, Peter May provides a fascinating exciting thriller”

    - Midwest Book Reviews
  • “An exciting climax. Recommended for fans of gaming and computer-based mysteries.”

    - Booklist

Customer Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Some unexpected twists in the story. Very well written. I enjoyed it. "

    - Tom, 11/25/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Listened to the audiobook and I was disappointed - the reader sounded clunky at times and this detracted from the plot. Descriptions of virtual action didn't grab me but I notice others liked it more, maybe it's better in written form ... "

    - Alan, 9/2/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The virtual site in this story is a site in real life. It was creepy to visit the site after listening to this book. The story hooked me on Peter May. I am no staring a new China Series. "

    - Jane, 8/22/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The book was suspensful; the plot was overall very good. I wasn't completely enthralled by the book but I did enjoy parts of it. I guess I just simply wasn't intrigued by it like I assumed I would be. "

    - Bri, 8/3/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I am halfway through and it's great so far. "

    - Steven, 3/13/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I had no prior knowledge of Second Life and was fascinated to find out it really exists. Overall, a good, suspenseful read and a likeable main character. "

    - Jerry, 12/20/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A mystery that slides between a virtual world and the real world. "

    - Kathryn, 12/18/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Have you ever wondered what it's like to meld into a virtual reality? What can you do there? Anything you can imagine can be programmed and selected for your life inside this other world, but everything takes a bit of practice. Can you be murdered there? Oh, yeah! And therein lies the story. "

    - Jeanne, 9/29/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I had a hard time in the beginning. But now I understand the meaning behind the movie Avatar. I really enjoy this author. "

    - Doreen, 9/7/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " First time I've seen something like Second Life incorporated in a mystery. Used very effectively here. "

    - Kim, 8/30/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " As much as I loved the plot idea, murders in second life simultaneously occurring in real life, I found the characters lacked depth and the premise just didn't hold up. By the end of the novel it is pretty clear who's responsible for the murders. I wish I liked it more, I wanted to like it more. "

    - Patricia, 8/17/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very clever and fun to read. "

    - Janet, 7/29/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is a book I have read more than once because it is so unique and clever. Each time I read it I find new threads and the ending takes on a different meaning. "

    - D.J., 3/10/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Reads cute - The Second Life I've experienced doesn't quite mesh with the one May describes, but that's ok. "

    - Diane, 11/10/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very clever and fun to read. "

    - Janet, 5/4/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Reads cute - The Second Life I've experienced doesn't quite mesh with the one May describes, but that's ok. "

    - Diane, 3/5/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The virtual site in this story is a site in real life. It was creepy to visit the site after listening to this book. The story hooked me on Peter May. I am no staring a new China Series. "

    - Jane, 1/13/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is a book I have read more than once because it is so unique and clever. Each time I read it I find new threads and the ending takes on a different meaning. "

    - D.J., 1/7/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " As much as I loved the plot idea, murders in second life simultaneously occurring in real life, I found the characters lacked depth and the premise just didn't hold up. By the end of the novel it is pretty clear who's responsible for the murders. I wish I liked it more, I wanted to like it more. "

    - Patricia, 12/29/2010
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The book was suspensful; the plot was overall very good. I wasn't completely enthralled by the book but I did enjoy parts of it. I guess I just simply wasn't intrigued by it like I assumed I would be. "

    - Bri, 6/16/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I am halfway through and it's great so far. "

    - Steven, 4/20/2010
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I had a hard time in the beginning. But now I understand the meaning behind the movie Avatar. I really enjoy this author. "

    - Doreen, 4/3/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " First time I've seen something like Second Life incorporated in a mystery. Used very effectively here. "

    - Kim, 3/12/2010

About the Author

Peter May, born and raised in Scotland, was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BBC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland’s most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels. He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA’s Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 Entry Island won the Deanston’s Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year Award.