HarperCollins Publishers, 2011年9月22日 - 304页
Ring, ring. You’re dead.
We were all there in that city that draws its paycheck from the manufacture of ghosts, itself made of ghosts: Los Angeles. We were there when one man started handing out free talk. And we are there now, sad little dolls made of dust...
Peter Russell lost a daughter to a serial killer. His marriage was the next casualty. Now he gets by as Mr Fixit for a film millionaire with a young wife on a big Hollywood estate infamous for its association with a historical scandal. The millionaire invests in a new kind of phone, the Trans. The problem with the Trans is that not only can you talk to your friends on it, you can also talk to the dead – though that wasn't part of the design spec.
The Trans accesses forbidden channels. It has disrupted the exit routines of the recently dead to wherever they should have gone. At first, Russell is only haunted by his dead daughter. Now there are phantoms everywhere. Many are ghosts of the living, people with nothing inside them, called wraiths.
A cascade of transgression and murder is unleashed as sales of the Trans take off. Harried near to death himself by his murdered child, Russell must find out who killed her and find a way to put an end to it all, if it kills him.
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Review: Dead Lines: A Novel of Life . . . After Death用户评价 - Tom - Goodreads
Curiously, there is a lot about this book's prose and Bear's expression that I really liked, at least for the first 75% or so of the book. However, the premise is super flimsy... and then the wildness ... 阅读完整评价
Review: Dead Lines: A Novel of Life . . . After Death用户评价 - Alex Torres - Goodreads
I finished the book but actually found it too spooky to enjoy properly - it's nearer horror than science-fiction. Within the "horror" aspects, there's some fairly ghastly and chilling plot developments. Not pleasant. 阅读完整评价