In 2005, in a California divided along seismic fault lines of power and wealth, ex-cop Berry Rydell is assigned to track down a young thief, who has stolen a valuable technological prototype, through a maze of virtual reality. Reprint.
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: 2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasyÂ Â sister-states of what used to be California. Here theÂ Â millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wakeÂ Â only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, BerryÂ Â Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now workingÂ Â for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is aÂ Â bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsivelyÂ Â snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. ButÂ Â these are no ordinary shades. What you can seeÂ Â through these high-tech specs can make you rich--orÂ Â get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on theÂ Â run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart ofÂ Â DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high.Â Â And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...