By Robin Sloan
ANNABEL SCHEME is a detective tale set in an alternative San Francisco the place the electronic and the occult reside side-by-side. It's a brief learn, ideal for those that like Sherlock Holmes, Douglas Adams, ghosts and/or the internet.
In Scheme's San Francisco, an indie rocker's new tracks are hiking the charts, even supposing the rocker herself is lengthy lifeless. A religious gamer has long past lacking, and the single hint of him that is still is inside of his favourite online game, the blockbuster mmog known as international of Jesus. And the richest guy within the urban, the inventor of the hunt engine known as Grail, may well simply have made a take care of a devil.
Meanwhile, Annabel Scheme has simply employed herself a Watson, an A.I. assistant who's now studying the ropes on a case that may fast rework into Scheme's biggest—and probably her last.
Come on. Fog urban is ready.
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