Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found inside his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. This is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it's not a game. . . .
Eve can't find anyone -- girlfriend and business partners included -- who seemed to have had a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course, gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks -- as Eve's husband, Roarke, one of U-Play's competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naive, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one.
Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction -- and the price of defeat is death. . . .