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Between the manga Ghost in the Shell(LJ3/05) and Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface(LJ7/05), both set in a near-future Japan where many people have had their bodies and brains enhanced by cybertechnology, Shirow published the short stories collected here. They deal with cases investigated by Public Security Section 9, an elite antiterrorism and crime-fighting unit that often finds itself ensnarled in high-level politics. In one story, a rich industrialist acting strangely is suspected of being a remote-controlled corpse; in another, the brutal murder of an illegal arms dealer forces Section 9 into a shaky alliance with military intelligence. Motoko Kusanagi, ex-Section 9 squad leader and main character of the other two Ghost in the Shell books, crosses paths with her old partners when both find themselves protecting a whistle-blower from a nanotechnology firm. Shirow's artwork is intricately detailed, as are his technological speculations; his storytelling can sometimes be difficult to follow. This volume does not carry the "explicit content" advisory the other two do, though there is some gore. A minor entry in the series, recommended for older teen and adult fans of the other volumes or the various anime based on them.