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The Hanged Man's Song

2 Ratings: 2.0
A book by John Sandford

Just about everybody knows John Sandford for his long and successfulPrey series. But just as well written and maybe more fun are his Kidd books, of which this is the fourth. Kidd is a professional thief for the Internet age: a cyberprowler, a hacker … see full wiki

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Author: John Sandford
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Berkley
1 review about The Hanged Man's Song

Not Sandford's best work, but likely most interesting to computer fans.

  • Jun 21, 2010
Rating:
+3
I have been a fan of John Sandford's Prey series for many years, but this was my first book of his outside of that series.

This story centers on a master computer hacker named Kidd and an even more supreme hacker he works with (online only) named Bobby. Bobby has damaging information on major power players in U.S. politics and, when his computer gets stolen, some of this information gets released. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues as Kidd and his friends try to determine who has the computer and how to track it down and get it back. It's not just their loyalty to Bobby that is driving them, but fear that their own identities could be compromised.

For most of its 340 pages, I could not believe this was a John Sandford book. Whereas most of the books in the Prey series had been tense, gripping mysteries with a healthy dose of wit, I had a hard time getting engaged in this Kidd novel. From hearing the story synopsis, it SHOULD have been as tense and gripping as any of the Prey series...but it just wasn't. Until the last 100 pages; THEN, it became the book I'd been expecting all along.

It's not a BAD book...I wouldn't say to anyone (especially a John Sandford fan) "Don't read this." But it just wasn't what I was expecting after years of reading books in his other series.

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