By Neal Stephenson
From his successful debut with Snow Crash to the beautiful good fortune of his newest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has speedy develop into the voice of a iteration. during this now-classic political mystery, he and fellow writer J. Frederick George inform a savagely witty, chillingly topical story set within the annoying moments of the Gulf War.
When a foreign currency pupil is located murdered at an Iowa college, Deputy Sheriff Clyde Banks reveals that his research extends a long way past the small university town—all how one can the center East. Shady occasions on the tuition exhibit robust division is utilizing federal supply funds for hugely doubtful learn. And what it’s generating is a really nasty computer virus.
Navigating a plot that leads from his personal yard to Washington, D.C., to the Gulf, the place his military Reservist spouse has been known as to accountability, Banks realizes he could be the in simple terms one that can cease the wholesale slaughtering of hundreds of thousands of american citizens. It’s a lesson in international coverage he’ll always remember.