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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
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...more
John
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
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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...more
Marfita
Jan 01, 2014 Marfita rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery/"thriller" readers and anyone in SL
Shelves: mysteries, cozies
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
Patricia Spadaro
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.
Alan
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 ...
Jennifer
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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...more
Cathy Brooks
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
VegasGal
Feb 24, 2010 VegasGal rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Michelle
Thought it would be too sci-fi but instead reminded me of Sims! Surprisingly good!
Jandblock
A virtual waste of time, I should have quit when I saw the goodreads rating.
AmblingBooks
Aug 17, 2012 AmblingBooks marked it as to-read
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
"Real life and the virtual world bleed into one another with dangerous results in this well-plotted mystery�.May keeps the reader guessing while also providing an intriguing glimpse into the pleasures and pitfalls of Second Life."�Publishers Weekly

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John Free
Not at all readable
Mam
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.
Joy
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.
Jeanne
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.
Bri
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.
Laurence
En français : Scène de crime virtuelle.
grosse, énorme, inattendue déception..... Mon auteur préféré s'est fourvoyé dans un genre qui ne lui sied guère.
vite, vite, qu'il revienne en Ecosse.
Jane Niemeyer
The virtual site in this story is a site in real life. It was creepy to visit the site after listening to this book. The story hooked me on Peter May. I am no staring a new China Series.
D.J.
This is a book I have read more than once because it is so unique and clever. Each time I read it I find new threads and the ending takes on a different meaning.
Jerry
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.
Doreen
I had a hard time in the beginning. But now I understand the meaning behind the movie Avatar. I really enjoy this author.
Kim
First time I've seen something like Second Life incorporated in a mystery. Used very effectively here.
Diane
Reads cute - The Second Life I've experienced doesn't quite mesh with the one May describes, but that's ok.
Tom Muldoon
Some unexpected twists in the story. Very well written. I enjoyed it.
Kathryn Robinson
A mystery that slides between a virtual world and the real world.
Eric
Learned a lot more about Second Life than I ever thought I would...
Steven Farmer
I am halfway through and it's great so far.
Janet
Very clever and fun to read.
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