It is the greatest truth of our age: information is not knowledge. Manhattan, September 13, 2023. The air is so filthy that the populace are urged to venture outside only if their business is urgent. For Vera Price, her visit to criminal psychologist Dr Gideon Wolfe is just that. Her husband, special effects wizard John Price, has been murdered, ...
It is the greatest truth of our age: information is not knowledge. Manhattan, September 13, 2023. The air is so filthy that the populace are urged to venture outside only if their business is urgent. For Vera Price, her visit to criminal psychologist Dr Gideon Wolfe is just that. Her husband, special effects wizard John Price, has been murdered, and she needs Gideon's help in solving the case. On a disc she gives Gideon is the information that almost certainly cost her husband his life. For America is still in shock after the murder of its president, and the disc suggests the wrong man has been convicted...In the Internet age, the world is drowning in information. And in a sea of unregulated and unverifiable facts, the truth is harder and harder to find. Especially when deception is a daily occurrence, and doctored evidence and digitally manipulated images are distorting reality to breaking point. And as Gideon discovers, although there are those who want to put an end to this, their actions have the consequences of not only killing people, but of killing time itself ...
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I read this book about 2 weeks ago and can hardly remember what it was about. Which is weird since I must have liked the book enough to read it in bed before going to sleep (something I seldom do unless I'm caught in the story). I know he wrote this not real recently so a lot of the computer manipulation part is kind of moot--most people know these days that anything can be manipulated. Someone else's head can be "photoshopped" onto someone other body. People these days know to be a bit skeptical about things. Except, oddly, they tend to believe movies--ok, lots of people who don't otherwise read or research facts will simply believe everything in a movie (e.g., Oliver Stone's JFK). There were more "typos" in this book then in his other books. But it was nice to see Carr letting his creativity go to other places. Probably if the series had gone forward, he could have developed things far better then they were, because Carr is a really good writer. I'm kind of glad he hasn't relegated himself to just historical murder mysteries. Hope he continues to explore his possibilities.
Aug 13, 2007
A good concept but fell short.
I really liked the premise of this book. It was based on a thought provoking question: has the information age and technology become the major downfalls of our civilization? Can we use those same technology and information abilities to show man kind how we have been decieved? Although the author's story revolved around these "information terrorists" and their escapades I kept wondering, "Where was the editor?" and I wondered why he portrayed the main character, Gideon, as decisionally incompetent when the author seemed to think he was the common sense strain of the story. I don't feel the story was very thought out. The book was originally intended as a serial story in a publication and possibly that is why it seemed very jumbled with too much information crammed into a tiny space. I read as far as 75 pages from the end. My fellow book club members did not care for it either and they all stated it seemed the author ended the book with a "it's time to end it, what is a quick way I can do it?" manner.
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