The aptly named Edwin Bishop, a multimillionaire entrepreneur, has developed advanced chess software able to make decisions while playing human opponents, unlike the usual software that tends to follow set moves. Bishop himself is a highly intelligent, arrogant man who lives his eccentric life in his mansion with several paid female companions. He is unaware that his software has been stolen until he stumbles across a vendor demonstrating his game at a trade show. Enter Riordan, who must negotiate his way through the world of high technology, jazz, and the underground arena of S/M as he searches for the missing software. His sometime partner in this venture is Chris Duckworth, who works part-time for Bishop's competitor, and who, in his spare time, works as a transvestite at the Stigmata bar. The characters in this charming, fresh, and entertaining mystery are fully fleshed; the dialogue is fast, compelling, and witty; and the grainy photographs that accompany each chapter opening add a pleasing dimension to this delightful first outing. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reminiscent of golden age detective novels, this book is a true gem. -- Deadly Pleasures Magazine
Smart, stylish, sexy and amusingly insouciant...a true find, a well-written and sophisticated addition to the heralded San Francisco private-detective story. -- The San Francisco Chronicle
This is a superb new take on a classic mystery form. -- Detroit Free Press