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Altered carbon by Richard K. Morgan, c2002
The first book of the Takeshi Kovacs novels. The other titles include Broken angels, and Woken furies.
Reviewed by Library Journal: /* Starred Review */ Killed in a brutal firefight on his home planet of Harlan's World, former UN Envoy Takeshi Kovacs awakens on Earth, his consciousness "sleeved" in the body of an expoliceman. Hired by Laurens Bancroft, one of Earth's most powerful individuals, to prove that Bancroft's recent "death" was not a suicide, Kovacs finds himself embroiled in a multilayered conspiracy that brings him face to face with old enemies and new and unexpected allies. Set in a far future in which consciousness can be downloaded into new bodies, thus rendering "death" a temporary state of being, Morgan's debut novel, the first in a series, combines noir mystery with ultra–high tech science to create a complex sf thriller. Featuring a hard-nosed antihero with his own sense of personal honor and ethics, this is highly recommended for sf collections. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed January 15, 2003) (Library Journal, vol 128, issue 1, p164)
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