A Novel of the Pinch
Vi-Kata, the deadliest assasin in the Pinch, has been hired to murder
two seemingly unconnected humans in the Pleasure Sect. Vida, an
unmarked girl living in an up-market brothel, The Close, and Arno, heir
to the head of the Cyberguild – overseers of the virtual reality
computer network, the Map.
But as Vi-Kata attempts to fulfil his contract, his task is about to become more difficult, For Arno, the most talented of the Cyberguild apprentices, has dropped out of the guild and disappeared. And if the secret of Vida's heritage proves to be true, the current First Citizen, Karlo Peronida, could find her very useful. His plans would put her out of Vi-Kata's reach behind the secure walls of the Centre Sect.
And on the Map, Arno's cousin, Rico, comes across a powerful and appalling entity that is obliterating large areas of the network. Who or what lies behind this is unclear, but if it continues the consequences are too horrifying to imagine...
Katharine Kerr was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944 to a family which considered itself British-in-exile far more than American. In 1962, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and has lived there ever since.
In 1979 a friend gave Katherine her first fantasy role-playing game. She became so intrigued with gaming and with the fantasy field that she began writing articles for gaming magazines, and for some time was a contributing editor to ‘Dragon’ magazine, as well as devising gaming modules. Now, however, she is devoting herself exclusively to fiction.