Review of Strange Flesh

Strange FleshStrange Flesh by Michael Olson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was one of the first books I have read by this author. While the testimony on the back says “(strangeFlesh==(sex&&games),” is odd but brief description of what lies inside. Combining a mix of hacking, a game of cat and mouse, murders, robotic sex, suicide, gaming, and a family’s odd history gives this book a cyberpunk feel.

He is paid by Billy’s twin siblings Blythe and Blake, who have a complicated history with their brother to say the least.Focused on exposing Billy Randell, James is chasing him. Delving into a computerized world, and an IT (not information technology) project as he tries to understand Billy’s strange and dark sense of artistry. James finds out Billy has withdrawn into a virtual world of sadism, and pornography followed by Gina’s suicide. He is forced to do things of questionable morality and legality, to get to close to Billy. To find him in this sea of blood, and sex.

Billy’s behavior becomes increasingly paranoid, as James begins getting close. A this is going on he is living a double life, working on a project designed to make virtual sex much more “real.” Between the pressure of that and the sexual tension between a mutual friend of Billy and James, things go from interesting to a rapid descent down madness.

Honestly the book is defiantly worth reading. Especially if enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I will be keeping my eye out for more books to come from this author.

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