When Pittsburgh was destroyed by a nuclear explosion, Dominic lost his wife he has been immers. Since then he has been immersed in grief unable to work steadily although he is a skilled investigator. He spends as much of his time as he can in the Archive, an interactive digital construction, that allows him to return to savor the life he had with his wife.
The Archive is also used for researching deaths for insurance companies. At the beginning of the story Dominic is working on the case of a young woman who appears to have been murdered. The case is intriguing because someone is erasing parts of the matrix to cover up how the young woman died.
This is a dark book reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and other noir authors. Dominic can't recover from his wife's death. His obsession with finding how the young woman died leads to much more frightening trouble. His unhappiness and obsession made it hard to connect with this character.
The author has built a believable world, but all the electronic media, an internet that is constantly playing in the background, detracted from the plot. If you like science fiction coupled with a murder mystery, you'll enjoy this book.
I reviewed this book for New Galley.