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Dangerous Data Paperback – 1 May 2002


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books; New edition edition (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552148709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552148702
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your privacy has expired, runs the strapline of Lury.Gibson's compulsive Dangerous Data--and the dot joining their names rather than an ampersand tells us that this is a hi-tech thriller, with the dissemination of personal data forming as much of a threat as physical violence, which makes this a salutary read. The duo's protagonist may be called Dogg, but he's a data detective rather than a gangsta rapper, and his speciality is the hidden strata of human lives. With just one fact , however bare, Dogg can fill in the details of a whole life. For a client called James, Dogg agrees to track down the mysterious, elusive Cynthia... and soon finds himself in a maelstrom of mystifying data. And Cynthia is slowly revealed as living a very strange life indeed.

What makes Dangerous Data so insidiously beguiling is its unique format: Set against Dogg's first-person narrative are the data sheets by which he peels away Cynthia's protective cover, and as the plot advances, we're never allowed to forget that everything he learns about her is just as applicable to us--most of us might now be electronically stripped bare in quite the same fashion:

I can even get into bed with our Cynthia. She's filled in one of those sex surveys, in a mag called Emmanuelle she gets on private subscription--membership stuff. But however private, the mag still has a database... so in the safety of a questionnaire, she feels her dark secret is being projected onto black walls. She runs her hands over the invisible words on the wall...how she feels about oral sex. Her favourite position. Her most complete sexual experience...
--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

'A compelling, gripping thriller with a highly successful gimmick' -- Big Issue

'A new breed of thriller...terrifyingly convincing...I doubt there will be a more important book published this year' -- Guardian

'Compelling reading for conspiracy theorists who might realise that this Dogg's bark is all about bytes' -- I-D

'Frighteningly good...terrifying, not least because much of it is believable' -- Arena

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By catherine reynolds on 25 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
The use and abuse of personal data you may never knew existed. If you thought your secrets were secret, read Detective Dogg's whodunnit and be surprised. This original book is pacey and genuinely thrilling - sex, drugs and murder keep the plot moving. Time moves quickly. The punchy style and structure make it a quick read. The literary references (Shakespeare, Dickens, Elliot, Keats ....) acknowledge its hertiage. A series of deceits, some stark contrasts and surprising characters all have you wonderering what is real and what apparent. There's lots to think about and a second read adds to the enjoyment.
Q: Does Gibson live/work in Fulham? If not the location is well researched.
Undoubtably compelling, I missed breakfast to finish it. I recommend Dangerous Data wholeheartedly and am enjoying Dogg's second tale: "Blood Data" now - another to look out for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "farhatz" on 6 Aug. 2001
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oh my god! couldn't put it down - ignored my child for two days - and i don't even like detective stories..... am still paranoid as i write this - can someone out there really see me and track me down? this book changes the way you think and the things you do - that 's if it's true - can people really get inside your life so easily and trace your every move? i hadn't even spared a thought to how carelessly and thoughtlessly i actually leave a trail of information behind me. we have assumed that the internet and new technology have given us the license to be anonymous - how wrong we are. and who is DOGG? have finished the book feeling thoroughly spooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 2001
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Dogg is new age detective in the Marlowe mould, understated, dry and in control. And it's scary just how much information money can buy - your employment, financial, shopping and sexual preferences are only a few dollars away. So when Dogg gets digging into the lives of three apparently normal young London professionals, it's not too surprising that things are not all they seem. Dogg has a good nose for detail - the characters are realistic Londoners in a booming town. And his (or is Dogg even a person?) persistance gives us an excellent twist in the tail. This is a most entertaining book, with a serious underside. From now on you'll use cash when whenever it really matters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 July 2002
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Part education part entertainment. I found myself drawn into this book by both the implications for my own life rather than the plot. Written part from the perspective of the protagonist, a data detective who goes by the pseudonym Dogg, and part from as the output of his investigations - data.
The construct of the novel makes it very readable - one page of prose facing one page of data. I found myself wondering how realistic the Dogg character was, could someone really acquire so much data about another person? Makes you think...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 2001
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This is a novel kind of detective story and an exciting read. Its hero is a data detective - one who tracks his suspects electronically. The twist is that you, the reader, get the data at the same time as the detective. This lets you quarrel with the detective's interpretation of the facts and draws you into the story. Twists aplenty and the detective Dogg's trenchant and often funny remarks keep you reading to the end and leave you pondering on the end of privacy.
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