Author: Doctorow, Cory
A few years ago, Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and tortured by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco. Now a leader of the movement of technologically savvy teens fighting back against the tyrannical security state, he lands a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his former nemesis Masha resurfaces to give him a thumb drive containing evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It's incendiary stuff--and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is to release it to the world. When Masha is subsequently kidnapped, Marcus can leak the archive but can't admit to being the leaker because it will cost his employer the election. And he's not sure just dumping the archive onto the Internet before he's gone through it all is the right thing to do. Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him--very serious, very threatening people.
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