Introducing the “Detroit Next” series of near-future thrillers.
Private Investigator Aidra Scott is exasperated by her teenage son, worried about her pregnant sister, and mystified by her assistant—a computer genius she’s never actually met. Living in a tiny Detroit condo she can barely afford, there is no room in her life, or her heart, for a pet. Since the painful loss of her beloved Doberman, she wants nothing to do with any dog, certainly not a genetically engineered dog.
Especially one that might be a killer.
It’s called the Zone—the ring of abandoned neighborhoods surrounding the now-thriving city of Detroit. Officially, it’s uninhabited. In reality, it’s the home of the hiding, the forgotten, and the criminal. PI Aidra Scott avoids the area when she can. But when she sees her teenage son’s best friend jump a fence and head into the Zone, she has no choice but to follow.
What she finds is something far beyond a lawless shadow city, and her simple search-and-rescue might not be so simple after all.
Morris Payne is a viker, an elite hacker famous throughout the virtual world. But now, someone has connected his virtual life to his real one, and Morris is on the run. Armed only with a virtual pirate ship loaded with the latest defensive hardware, Morris is up against a dangerous enemy—an artificial intelligence who isn’t supposed to exist.