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It's set in an alternate reality Seattle where we didn't win the war, corporate greed and corruption are even more rampant than they are now, and the future is a bizarre mash-up of outdated technology that's somehow still relevant existing alongside technology that doesn't exist yet (like synthetic food machines, androids, and hovercars next to VAX mainframes, dot matrix printers, and monochrome CRT screens). People are farm-grown into adulthood with things like childhoods, educations, and social class pre-implanted, and actual children are a luxury for the rich.
Our protagonist, John Bishop, is a recall agent (think repo man for memory implants) who gets offered a job to find a missing corporate scientist. This job ends up being a lot more than it was presented as, with critical clues to understanding a new and terrible disease, IDES, at stake. He accepts the job, and madness ensues.
With some elements of noir fiction, sci-fi, social commentary, and, of course, his trademark absurdist fiction, this is a hard book to categorize. It still had its absurdist elements, but unlike past novels, it doesn't follow the This Hilarious Thing Happened, Followed By This Hilarious Thing, And Then This Hilarious Thing, The End; it had a plot. I wasn't sure how that was going to work out when I first heard he was going that route, but I liked it. A lot.
You might think that means I don't like it. Quite the contrary, really. I found it to be a fast read and fun...it needed a little more Emacs worked into the antiquated technology, but other than that, I recommend reading this book.