Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the
drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his
veteranâ€™s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from
implants during his time in the USMCâ€™s elite Haptic Recon
Then one night Burton has to go out, but thereâ€™s a job heâ€™s
supposed to doâ€”a job Flynne didnâ€™t know he had. Beta-testing
part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be
simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower
building. Little buglike things turn up. Heâ€™s supposed to
get in their way, edge them back. Thatâ€™s all there is to it.
Heâ€™s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What
she sees, though, isnâ€™t what Burton told her to expect. It
might be a game, but it might also be murder.