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"Flynn is a young woman who lives in [Small Town], America sometime in the near future. Wilf Netherton is a publicist living in early 22nd century London. When Flynn by chance witnesses a gruesome, distant future murder, both her US Marine Corps veteran brother Burton and Wilf must protect her–doing so from different timelines. Flynn eventually comes to inhabit a peripheral–a robotic avatar that connects her to Wilf’s timeline. Peripheral is written with the stunning clarity of foresight that has made Gibson such an enlightened voice over decades of science fiction. But the work is also crammed with drones, cybernetic enhancement, chases, action–all of it centered around a character and story that is almost a cinematic experience."
— Jan, 2nd Floor Inventory Manager
William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010's New York Times-bestselling Zero History. Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do--a job Flynne didn'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. He's supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That's all there is to it. He's offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn't what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.
About the Author
William Gibson is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, and Distrust That Particular Flavor. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.