Bestselling author Nora Roberts, writing as JD Robb, introduces readers to New York City in 2058 and to Eve Dallas, a New York Police Lieutenant.
In a time when technology can manipulate moods and emotions, death holds the promise of ultimate ecstasy . . .
A brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer and a controversial politician have all been found dead, three apparent suicides. But 21st century NYPD police lieutenant Eve Dallas is suspicious and her instincts are usually right - the autopsies reveal small burns on the brains of the victims.
What did they have in common and how did they die? Was it a high-tech method of murder or a genetic abnormality? Eve's investigation takes her into a world where virtual reality games have replaced TV sets and people are taking trips all the time. But it seems that the same techniques used to create pleasure can also prompt the mind to destroy itself . . .