Someone is killing people in Sacramento Valley. Seemingly unrelated, the deaths are perpetrated by a murderer who knows everything there is to know about the victims - who can kill them because of the intimacy he seems to have with them. An intimacy which is created by his ability to track their every move through the virtual world, as soon as they switch on their computer. Streetwise cop Frank Bishop is detailed to the case, allied unwillingly to a young hacker, Wyatt Gillette, who is sprung from prison to pit his brilliance against the criminal's. But no one knows who to trust in an environment where everything is suspect, and pressing the wrong letter on your keyboard may mean death. This is the novel that will make you hesitate every time you click on the box that says 'Are you sure you want to send this over the Internet?'.
Publisher and industry reviews
'Deaver has produced an exciting cyberthriller' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Deaver's customary brilliant plotting' -- The Sunday Times 'A classic detective yarn' -- Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman 'He has pulled off the considerable coup of introducing two distinctive new heroes ... but Deaver writes as if the prose in The Blue Nowhere had been his house style all along -- Publishing News 'Another serial killer and the internet both helping and concealing the stunning solution. The murderer chooses victims through the internet, but is is old-fashioned sleuthing that tracks down method and motive' -- The Scotsman 'Engrossing thriller that also imparts a wealth of computer info' -- Choice, London 'Slick, pacey and jam-packed with action' -- Yorkshire Evening Post
UK Kirkus review
Wyatt Gillette is a computer hacker, brought out of prison to assist the police in finding a killer who is targeting his victims using computers. The mysterious Phate has taken computer role-playing games too far - to the extent that taking a human life has become a matter of accumulating points. Gillette and Frank Bishop, the detective in charge of the investigation, must work together in the face of numerous baffling diversions and booby traps to find Phate and his only friend and ally, Shawn. Deaver is a master of the plot twist and this thriller is as gripping as its predecessors, with characters who are refreshingly different from the cliches of the genre. Most memorable, however, is Deaver's evocation of cyberspace - the blue nowhere of the title. It's a terrifying world where you can never tell for certain who you're speaking to and every detail of your life is open to a skilled criminal, and Deaver manages to make it comprehensible and mysterious at the same time. A real achievement. (Kirkus UK)