January 18, 2012

The Mocking Program by Alan Dean Foster

Title:  The Mocking Program
Author:  Alan Dean Foster
Format: HC
Pages: 271
Genre: Science Fiction / Thriller
Publisher: Aspect, 2002
ISBN-13: 978-0446527743
Series: Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  Who could say what was and was not possible within the mysterious, half-magical mathematical milieu that was the Box?

Synopsis (PBS):  The bestselling author of the Spellsinger and Flinx series delivers a suspenseful high-tech police procedural set in a gritty, near future Los Angeles.Angel Cardenas is a hard-working police detective in 21st century Los Angeles. But Cardenas is no ordinary copas an intuit he possesses the special talent of knowing what others will do in any given situation. When a businessman is found murdered, missing his vital organs and all his money, Cardenas is on the case. His investigation takes him to the victims home, where an explosion nearly kills him. Now, he has to figure out where the woman and the young girl who had been living there have disappeared to. And why doesnt the victims I.D. match his DNA scan? Exploring the underworlds of Los Angeles,Cardenas will stop at nothing in his search for The Mock, a stone-cold killer who will do anything to get what he wants.

Review: This is a thriller set in the far distant future.  It seems to be set in what is now Mexico, but I believe the entire continent in the book is one country, so it's hard to grasp exactly where they are.  

I liked quite a few of the characters, even some of the lesser ones.  Full of strange lingo and odd technologies, the story can be hard to follow, but it's worth the effort.  As usual, Mr. Foster writes a fascinating and fun story.

Rating:  7.5 / 10

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