TITLE: THE BLUE NOWHERE
AUTHOR: JEFFREY DEAVER
Image someone having access to everything you do on your computer, without your knowledge, or you knowing the intruder. Imagine that person using that access to find you and kill you.
That's what the police in Silicon Valley is up against; a superior computer hacker, a "wizard". And the only person who might be able to "out-hack" this criminal is Wyatt Gillette, presently in prison for hacking.
The police and Gillette find themselves one step behind "Phate", the hacker, all the way. They can't even be sure about their own team.
Good mystery, great thriller with lots of typical Deaver turns, and a very scary premiss. At the back of the book Deaver says that at the time of writing the book (2001) experts said that a hacking program as described in the story wasn't possible. And I hope that will stay that way, but I have my doubts.
This book was not quite as good as the Rhymes books, but a very thrilling and fast read none the less.