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It's 1999 in Cyprus, an ancient island bejeweled with blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers and littered with rusting land mines, corroding barbed wire, and illegal sewage dumps. Here, in the Turkish half of the island, the ever-enterprising Leggy Starlitz has alighted, pausing on his mission to storm the Third World with the "G-7" girls, the cheapest, phoniest all-girl band ever to wear Wonderbras and spandex. And his market is staring him in the face: millions of teenagers trapped in a world of mullahs and mosques, all ready to blow their pocket change on G-7's massive merchandising campaign - and to wildly anticipate music the group will never release.Leggy's brilliant plan means doing business with some of the world's most dangerous people. His business partner is the rich and connected Mehmet Ozbey, a man with many identities and a Turkish girlfriend whose beauty and singing voice could blow G-7 right out of the water. His security chief is Pulat Romanevich Khoklov, who learned to fly MiG combat jets in Afghanistan and now pilots Milosevic's personal airplane. Among these thieves, schemers, and killers, Leggy must act quickly and decisively. Bombs are dropping in Yugoslavia. Y2K is just around the corner. And the only rule to live by is that the whole scheme stops before the year 2000.But Leggy gets a surprise when the daughter he's never met arrives on his doorstep. A major fan of G-7, she is looking for a father - and her search forces Leggy to examine his life before making a madcap journey in search of a father of his own. It's a detour that puts his G-7 Zeitgeist in some real jeopardy. For in Istanbul, Leggy's former partners are getting restless, and the G-7 girls are beginning to die.show more

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  • Hardback | 293 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553104934
  • 9780553104936

About Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling is the author of the nonfiction book The Hacker Crackdown, as well as the novels Distraction, Holy Fire, Heavy Weather, Schismatrix, and Islands in the Net. With William Gibson he co-authored the acclaimed novel The Difference Engine. He also writes for popular science and travel journals. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin, Texas.show more

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Praise for the novels of Bruce Sterling Distraction "Classic Sterling." -- The Washington Post "Distraction is more than a futuristic political thriller; it is Sterling's persuasive vision of a social revolution that is as much biotechnological as philosophical in scope....Hereserves a killer blow for the most familiar thing of all: the way we think." -- The Village Voice Holy Fire "A haunting and lyrical triumph." -- Time "Holy Fire is a book made entirely of big ideas....An intellectual feat, it is also a treat for the spirit and the senses." -- Wired "A patented Sterling extra-special." -- Newsday Heavy Weather "A remarkable and individual sharpness of vision...Sterling hacks the future, and an elegant hack it is." -- Locus "So believable are the speculations that... one becomes convinced that the world must and will develop into what Sterling has predicted." -- Science Fiction Age Resonates with Sterling's striking prose and strong characterizationsshow more

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