A clever, compelling and masterful piece of near-future science fiction from one
of the genre's hottest writers, Stross' extrapolation of current trends into future realities is fascinating, and astute readers will delight in figuring out how he jumps from point A to point B.
Initially unsure that a crime has been committed, Smith eventually realizes that the digital property has value in the real world and that repercussions will ripple throughout the economy. she has no choice but to follow the trail of evidence. (Ace, Oct., 352 pp., $24.95)