From Publishers Weekly
Real life and the virtual world bleed into one another with dangerous results in this well-plotted mystery from May (Blacklight Blue
). Michael Kapinsky, a photographer for the Orange County (Calif.) Forensic Science Service, is fighting depression after losing his wife to cancer as well as facing a $3 million financial hole. Given his troubles, Michael decides to accept his therapist's suggestion to join an experimental group therapy session conducted in Second Life, an online world with 14 million members. A colleague of Michael's, crime scene investigator Janey Amat, already belongs to SL, where she runs the Twist of Fate Detective Agency. Janey welcomes Michael as her partner, and the pair soon discover that someone is killing avatars in SL as well as their RL (real-life) counterparts. May keeps the reader guessing while also providing an intriguing glimpse into the pleasures and pitfalls of SL. (Jan.)
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May’s latest mystery ventures into the virtual world of Second Life, as his protagonist, crime-scene photographer Mike Kapinsky, explores the electronic alternate world at the urging of his therapist. Originally intending only to attend group-therapy sessions, Mike’s avatar, Chas Chesnokov, soon becomes so deeply involved with his virtual life that it impacts his real life. Working as a PI in Second Life, Mike begins to investigate a series of mysterious deaths that he links to real-world murders. Convinced that the police will never believe the Second Life connection, Mike digs deeper with the help of only his coworker and fellow Second Lifer Janey (aka Twist) and Doobie, a Second Life sex worker. A slow start gradually gains pace as Mike gets deeper into Second Life, and real-life dangers loom, leading to an exciting climax. Recommended for fans of gaming and computer-based mysteries. --Jessica Moyer