Halting State

Imagined AI depiction of the book "Halting State" by Charles Stross, encapsulating the essence of this hugo-2008 award winning novel.

In a near-future Scotland, Ken, a programmer turned white-collar criminologist, and Elaine, a tough cop, find themselves investigating a robbery in an online game. As they dig deeper, they uncover a plot involving virtual reality, espionage, and financial manipulation. With the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds blurring, they race against time to unravel the conspiracy. Set in the cities of Edinburgh and Stirling, this sci-fi thriller explores the collision of technology and crime in a world where the virtual and physical realms intertwine.

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