--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
John Sandford author of the phenomenal Prey novels returns with The Hanged Man's Song.
While filling his tale with fascinating and authentic-sounding lore about the hacker subculture, identity theft, and security cracking, Sandford keeps the action brisk with plenty of white-knuckle chases, tense stakeouts, and hairsbreadth escapes. Couple that with a smart, agreeable narrator and a cast of vivid characters evoked with an old pro's ease, and you've got one winning thriller. --Nicholas H. Allison
Also would recommend THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD by Jackson McCrae
The fascinating fact is that you cannot help but attach yourself to Kidd and LuAnne in their quest for the murderer of Bobby. Bobby who himself was a conundrum..shrewd and secretive.. he held many lives in his hands or rather in his computer.And now that computer itself was gone; floating around perhaps in cyberspace itsef. In the wrong or maybe even the right hands, it could destroy or end other lives.
I loved this book. The narrative is fast-paced and compelling and it is a crime/action scenario. It sling-shots you from one chapter to the next. Very 'today'! Clear in what it has to say and why it has to say it. If you like your heart to speed up and your brain to seek out solutions...read this one. Thanks for a very enjoyable read,JS!
I like John Sandford a lot -- I've read all the Prey novels, including the two starring Clara Rinker twice -- so I picked up the Kidd novels because I read John's novels faster than he can write them. Both were a disappointment. Carl Hiassen's blurbed suggestion that Kidd is "a hero who's impossible to resist" is wrong. And his suggestion that Kidd is "the Travis McGee of microchips" would suggest he can't do comparison studies. I've read all the McGee books at least three times over the decades and the two heroes are nothing alike, nor is the writing.
Sandford causes himself some credibility problems with such stultifying techno-inanities as "The laptop was no lightweight -- it was a desktop replacement model from IBM with maximum RAM, a fat hard drive, built-in CD/DVD burner, three USB ports, a variety of memory-card slots." Omigod, THREE USB PORTS?! This man/machine combo is going to be invincible, assuming he can get his fat hard drive into gear.
Unfortunately, this passage is in a book published in 2004 and it appears on page 3 of my edition, causing a few micro-alarms to go off in my already skeptical brain. It just gets worse on page 42 when Kidd talks about putting the Encyclopedia Britannica on his laptop, where it "sucked up about 1.2 gigs. That means you could put about, uh... -- I did some quick calculation -- something like thirteen Encyclopedia Britannicas on one DVD."
Uh, better slow down, Kidd. My DVDs hold 4.Read more ›
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