The new thrilling sci-fi novel from the author of New Pompeii and Empire of Time
In a future London, humans are watched over by AIs and served by bots. But now that justice and jobs are meted out by algorithm, inequality blooms, and protest is brutally silenced.
Anna Glover may be the most hated woman in the troubled city - the media's scapegoat for an unpopular war. Now she hides from the public eye, investigating neglected cases by using the mind-invading technology of the synapse sequencer to enter witnesses' memories. When a PI brings her a new high-stakes case, Anna sees a chance for atonement. But soon she is drawn into a plot that threatens to upend her hard-won anonymity and put everyone in danger - even those she hopes to save.
Godfrey (Empire of Time) sets this crafty thriller in a near future in which AIs do most of the work, including deciding which crimes get investigated. Anna Glover is a scapegoat looking to clear her name. Blamed for a decision that set off a bloody war, Anna hopes to redeem herself by helping to establish synapse sequencer technology as a way to enter the memories of witnesses to crimes. When private detective Adrian Fowler approaches Anna's boss at Synapse Initiatives about using the sequencer to investigate a crime the beating of a teen in foster care, which the police consider too minor to bother with Anna is assigned to the case. Soon Anna and Adrian are investigating a kidnapping and figuring out how the notorious pro-human Workers League is involved. The story has little sense of place it could easily be set in New York City or Sydney but Anna is an intriguing character, and Godfrey steeps the plot in plenty of twisty intrigue. Provocative worldbuilding and suspense will keep the reader hooked.