Book Review of Pattern Recognition
Gibson Turns Insight Out –
William Gibson, the proclaimed source code for cyberpunk defies categorization, making it up as he goes. Hardly a mystery writer, he’s not known for his mystery stories. Yet Pattern Recognition incorporates elements of the best mysteries.
Weaving an intricate tale from behind the eyes of marketing maven Cayce Pollard, Gibson creates a hypersensitive world of highflying corporate espionage. From New York to London, Tokyo, Paris and Moscow, Ms. Pollard, hired gun for Blue Ant, reluctantly searches the globe, for the reclusive creator of viral “footage”.
Hot on the trail of the ubiquitous yet enigmatic “footage”, Cayce ducks and weaves, dodging Italian thugs, Michelin Man phobias and haunting memories of a father lost in the 9/11 rubble. She wakes up from a drug-induced blackout to find herself held captive by a Russian Mafia Kingpin. More, I dare not say.
Spellbinding prose and intriguing characters in surreal situations are the mainstays of Gibson’s unique storytelling. Pattern Recognition is far more than a mystery novel. It’s speculative fiction at its finest. I highly recommend it.
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Pattern Recognition, William Gibson