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Crime-scene photographer Michael Kapinsky is a man whose first life is in a mess. But his second life is about to get a whole lot messier. Staggering under the financial burden left by his recently deceased wife, Michael struggles to come to terms with her death—until his psychologist persuades him to enter a virtual world called Second Life to participate in a new kind of ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 440 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Lorie
Jan 15, 2010 Lorie rated it really liked it
hard time taking an objective stance on "Virtualy Dead," a new stand-alone mystery by Peter May.
May is better known for his two popular mystery series: China Thrillers and the Enzo Files. He is obviously drawn to exotic locations for his material. In China Thrillers his protaganist is an American forensic pathologist called in to assist the Beijing police. In the Enzo files Toulous, France is the backdrop for a Scottish biologist with forensic experience.
In "Virtualy Dead" May moves into the equ
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John
May 08, 2013 John rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Unless you are familiar with Second Life, much of the impact of this book will probably be lost. That said, it is an enjoyable romp through some of the vicissitudes of that Virtual World, and intriguingly combines the real and the pixel existence. There is the thrill of the chase, the mystery of who did what, lots of tension; but above all, the last few pages summed up so much of what underlies Second Life : imagination, creativity, deception. Its a good and likeable yarn, probably best apprecia ...more
Kana
Jul 25, 2013 Kana rated it liked it
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I'm reading this in part because I like a good mystery and secondly, for my E-Learning project that heavily relies on Second Life.
Can I just say first off; Apple user. Why it was necessary to point out every single Mac and Apple product, is beyond me.
It was also both amusing and a bit annoying to have the book put Second Life on this...mystical otherworldly pedestal. It was reminiscent of Ender's Game in how the book tries to make Second Life this living, thing. As if the book is set in
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Marfita
Mar 16, 2010 Marfita rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery/"thriller" readers and anyone in SL
Shelves: cozies, mysteries
My heart is still hammering! Stayed up to 1 am to finish and then couldn't sleep. I like this book so much because I'm familiar with Second Life and I can relate to a lot of it on that level (by alternately going, "Oh, yeah - that's sooo SL!" and "You Can't Do That!"). It's as exciting as seeing your home town featured in a book. It's like going to see "Ghostbusters" while living in Manhattan and watching some of the filming. My SL quibbles are all minor. There's not enough bad spelling in the c ...more
Siobhan
Nov 24, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it
Ah, Virtually Dead – what a wonderful find in the university second hand book store.

As a massive fan of Peter May, I was more than happy to pick up Virtually Dead. It is one of his older books, one of his overlooked pieces of work. When people think of Peter May, they think of the Lewis trilogy followed closely by his Enzo Files and China thrillers. I doubt anyone thinks of this little gem.

I’ll admit, it is not my favourite Peter May book. I fell in love with his work due to his Lewis trilogy, a
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Alan
Sep 22, 2012 Alan rated it it was ok
Listened to the audiobook and I was disappointed - the reader sounded clunky at times and this detracted from the plot. Descriptions of virtual action didn't grab me but I notice others liked it more, maybe it's better in written form ...
Patricia Spadaro
Dec 29, 2010 Patricia Spadaro rated it it was ok
As much as I loved the plot idea, murders in second life simultaneously occurring in real life, I found the characters lacked depth and the premise just didn't hold up. By the end of the novel it is pretty clear who's responsible for the murders. I wish I liked it more, I wanted to like it more.
Brigitta Moon
Jun 16, 2017 Brigitta Moon rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this virtual second life mystery/thriller.
Jennifer
Jun 18, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
From My Blog...

In Virtually Dead by Peter May, Second Life participants are being murdered and the murder is breaking through to real life. Michael Kapinsky in real life is a Newport CSI who has lost his wife, is about to lose his home and can no longer afford his much needed therapy sessions to help him overcome the grief he is experiencing and to help him move forward with his life. When Michael explains to his therapist, Angela, that he will no longer be able to attend his therapy sessions, A
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Elisala
Oct 30, 2016 Elisala rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprunt
Ce livre m'a déçue. L'auteur m'ayant été conseillé par une connaissance, j'aurais voulu l'apprécier, mais ça n'a pas marché - peut-être ne suis-je pas tombée sur le bon?
Toujours est-il, ce livre n'est pas vraiment un policier, c'est un livre sur second life, il a donc d'ores et déjà 10 ans de retard, et ne portant qu'un intérêt très relatif (comprendre: nul) à second life, il ne reste donc plus que l'intrigue policière, qui n'est que moyennement fascinante - c'est d'ailleurs souvent le cas dans
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VegasGal
Jan 28, 2010 VegasGal rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Second Life fans, VR fans
Shelves: read-2010
Virtually dead has an excellent, suspenseful plot that includes many twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats throughout most of the book. The characters and setting are described in vivid detail and the transitions made from a virtual world to the real world could pose a serious problem for a writer, but are excellently conveyed here. This story has abundant references to the online virtual reality world, Second Life, and can be quite confusing since it can be hard to follo ...more
Linda
Sep 10, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
It's a shame, because this book didn't transfer well to audio book format. The narrator himself isn't at fault; it's the layout. Like:

Doobie: Yeah, it's the...
Doobie: Chas?
Chas: Doobie?
Doobie: Did you say he died of ...
[blah blah, I forgot the rest]

... and all of the above is narrated, even the character names at the start of each line. For the first third of the book, quite a lot of dialogue takes place in SL,so I'm assuming it's laid out on the page like it'd be in a chat window in game. That
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3 no 7
Jun 04, 2016 3 no 7 rated it it was amazing
Virtually Dead by Peter May
Michael Kapinsky, a crime scene photographer with lots of problems joins an on-line community at the request of his psychologist. While wandering around in “Second Life,” he finds a “friend” from his real life is there as well. He becomes accustomed to the oddities of second life, but things get complicated when avatars killed in second life start showing up as dead people in real life. Michael’s real life continues to get more and more complicated as the investigation
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Kerri
Nov 08, 2016 Kerri rated it it was ok
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Cathy Brooks
Jun 02, 2014 Cathy Brooks rated it it was amazing
Although others have given this a low rating, I really enjoyed it. I wanted to know more about second life without spending hours playing the game (i did download it though and choose an avatar). In the end I read the book in one sitting and it proved once again what a talented writer peter may is. Maybe the book didn't take off because having searched online, it seems second life has not had the anticipated success envisaged ten years ago. Lots of interesting themes and I would recommend - espe ...more
Mam
Nov 19, 2013 Mam rated it liked it
Almost stopped reading, but doubled back and tried again. Have a friend who ended her marriage a few years ago after her husband became obsessed/addicted to online roll play. That's why I gave it another try. The comparison of real life and virtual life and the effect one has on the other - especially in this plot - interesting.
Wendy Hearder-moan
Jul 04, 2016 Wendy Hearder-moan rated it it was ok
I have to confess I just skimmed this book as it didn't grab my interest at all.. It was such a disappointment after enjoying so many of May's other works. However it did give me an understanding of how a person could get completely immersed in Second Life to the point of an unhealthy obsession.
Bri
Jun 16, 2010 Bri rated it it was ok
The book was suspensful; the plot was overall very good. I wasn't completely enthralled by the book but I did enjoy parts of it. I guess I just simply wasn't intrigued by it like I assumed I would be.
Jeanne
Sep 22, 2011 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what it's like to meld into a virtual reality? What can you do there? Anything you can imagine can be programmed and selected for your life inside this other world, but everything takes a bit of practice. Can you be murdered there? Oh, yeah! And therein lies the story.
Joy
Oct 28, 2013 Joy rated it liked it
ola Not being the greatest tech person, I was a little leery of this one. The setting was new to me, murder on the internet or is that 'in' the internet. At first I thought it a bit science fiction, my granddaughter laughed and reminded me simulations have existed for years..Sim City. I liked it.
John Free
Apr 30, 2014 John Free rated it it was ok
Not at all readable
Michelle
Jul 05, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Thought it would be too sci-fi but instead reminded me of Sims! Surprisingly good!
Andrew Carter
Very unusual story...at least to me. The thought of virtual reality as a second life seems strange.
Jandblock
Mar 28, 2014 Jandblock rated it it was ok
A virtual waste of time, I should have quit when I saw the goodreads rating.
Jerry
Jul 20, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it
I had no prior knowledge of Second Life and was fascinated to find out it really exists. Overall, a good, suspenseful read and a likeable main character.
Kim
Mar 12, 2010 Kim rated it liked it
First time I've seen something like Second Life incorporated in a mystery. Used very effectively here.
Cyn Mcdonald
Jan 24, 2017 Cyn Mcdonald rated it it was ok
Not as interesting as his other books. Maybe I just don't have the imagination to immerse myself in what's basically a sim game.
Janet
May 04, 2011 Janet rated it liked it
Very clever and fun to read.
Diane
Mar 05, 2011 Diane rated it it was ok
Reads cute - The Second Life I've experienced doesn't quite mesh with the one May describes, but that's ok.
Doreen
Apr 03, 2010 Doreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time in the beginning. But now I understand the meaning behind the movie Avatar. I really enjoy this author.
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