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The Verba Interchange is an electronic bulletin board, a virtual meeting place where anyone with a computer and a modem can exchange views, flirt, or argue with complete anonymity. But an ingenious serial killer is using the vast potential of the Net to choose victims for a deadly f2f - a face-to-face meeting.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
F2F Phillip Finch. Bantam, $6.50 ISBN 0-553-57216-4. Finch's latest thriller concerns a killer who posts threats on the Internet. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Finch's Sugarland was lauded for its "plot, introspection...and disturbing insight" (LJ 9/1/91). F2F (i.e., "face to face") tells of a murderer who stalks an online community.
Kirkus Reviews
Gripping hi-tech computer thriller, smartly up-to-date and yet, at the same time, already dated by recent films like The Net and Michael Crichton's Disclosure.

Finch (Paradise Junction, 1993, etc.), though, keeps up a fast pace and pours out an easily grasped flood of details as a San Francisco nut—motivated by little more than his inflated respect for the unimaginably powerful force ("this magnificent animal") of the computer, trivialized by mere gameplayers and chatsters of the Internet—threatens computer folk less bright than himself. Christian Willem Hartmundt, a.k.a. Corwin Sturmer, has devised a devilishly complex game (TRY ME) that only true computer wizards can beat, and through it he sucks in victims. Masquerading as Snowflake, he first attracts people through postings in the Verba Interchange on the Net. Victim number one is found with his head skinned and a spike hole through his breast. The second is drenched with gasoline and burned alive in a garage. A woman is split open with a machete, and so on—all of which acts are videotaped by the villain. Meanwhile, Ellis Hoile (named after gamesmaster Hoyle?), a wizard known on Verba as Avatar, matches Snowflake and his ghastly game of TRY ME. Eillis has been recently divorced by filmmaker Kate Lavin, whom Snowflake has on his list of five or six cowlike future quarry. Also included is computer whiz Stephen Leviste, an adolescent whom Snowflake kidnaps and thrusts into a real version of his virtual reality maze. By now the visually juiced up reader knows he's in movie script, not just turning pages in a thriller. Ellis calls in the police, but Snowflake escapes and kidnaps Kate for a final game of TRY ME.

Enter here to be F2F (face to face) with a champion trickster of the Net.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553097184
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    All I have to say about this book is 'Superb'

    I loved it, I bought it when it first came out in 1996. To this day I still have this book. I couldn't put it down, had to finish it that same day. This is when i first discovering about the internet and computers, gave me nightmares. But I loved it!! Thank you Finch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    You will not be able to put it down.

    Once you log on the Net...anyone can find you! April 19, 2001 My father handed me this book becasue I was a 'computer guy' and he thought I might enjoy it. (He would have given it 3 stars at most); but being as I am in computers...and you can do everything that is done in this book....I enjoyed it. Anyone who uses a computer, a chat room and a bulletin board will really appreciated it. The deaths are a little more gruesome than is required...but once you get pass that, the book keeps your attention. It starts slow and picks up with every page. I could not put it down. I finished it on one day! This book is a thriller even up to the last page. A must read.... this is a thoroughly entertaining novel. Note: I now turn off my computer at night

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