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Summary

Wyatt Gillette, a cyber genius who's never used his phenomenal talent for evil, is sitting in a California jail doing time for a few harmless computer capers when he gets a temporary reprieve - a chance to help the Computer Crimes Unit of the state police catch a super hacker called Phate who's using his ingenious program, Trapdoor, to lure innocent victims to their death by infiltrating their computers. Gillette and Phate were once the kings of cyberspace, but Phate has gone way past the mischievous electronic pranks they once pulled and crossed over to the dark side...

©2001 Jeffery Deaver (P)2005 W F Howes Ltd

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Stalkers for the digital age

Great story that has dated a little but still an enjoyable book in todays digital age. I first read this shortly after release appealing to me more than Jeffery Deaver's other books due to my IT back ground, I found this a well researched book, with twist and turns you would expect from Jeffery Deaver.

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Good Yarn

Once you get over the narrator, who made me laugh (unintentionally) He did voices that were hysterical , he had one character who sounded like Lloyd Grossman and a women character who sounded like Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
I just loved the acronyms the hackers use, I won't spoil it by sharing them, but they make great one liners at parties.
The story briefly is about trying to track down a murderer who uses internet and hacking to track down his victims. The police use a "hacker to catch a hacker" and get him released from jail to help them.
It is a bit dated ,floppy discs, wow! wasn't that long ago was it? but how many people use them now?
Good story, a typically good Jeffery Deaver, only one thing missing,, Lincoln Rhyme

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Excellent, fast paced, and keeps you guessing!

This is Jeffery Deaver at his best. Although the technology featured in this book is now dated and perhaps never even happened, there's enough still around from the period this book was written, that still plays a bit part in today's computer world, for us to wonder why, in the decade since, we are still not on top of the issues dealt with here in this novel. Technology aside, even if the facts containded here were in fact complete fiction, we'd still have a fantastic thriller on our hands. The plot twists this way and that, and you never know what's coming...the perfect read for me. Tim Machin does a great job with the narration, and had clearly paid a lot of attention to the characters and their voice tones, inflections, and phrasing, while doing the intitial read throughs, before recording the book. There's not enough Tim Machin out there, which is a shame as I feel he is highly underrated as a narrator. This is my second stand alone novel by Jeffery Deaver, and both have been excellent. It almost goes without saying that his 'Rune' and 'Lincoln Rhyme' series are first class reads, from start to finish, so it's no surprise that this novel was a safe bet! Excellent!

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another fab listen from Jeffery Deaver

This wonderfully spoken audio book will draw you into the world of IT. If you ever wondered where all you deleted stuff goes too then this is the book for you.

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great book

I love Jeffrey Deaver's books, so I may be biased, but I thought it was great. The only let down was the performance. when he did the voice of Nance, he sounded like a boy whose voice is breaking. Someone in another review likened it to Shaggy from Scooby-do......

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techno, techno, techno

I struggled to get to the end of this book. my need to know the end was all that kept me going.