In Shadow Family, Miyuki Miyabe draws readers into the amorphous world of Internet chat rooms-a world of people from all walks of life attracted by the possibility of being whomever they want to be. Police investigating the murder of a middle-aged office worker discover e-mail correspondence on the victim"s computer that indicates he had been a regular participant in an Internet chat room, as the "father" in a fantasy "family." Meanwhile, a female detective is assigned to protect the dead man"s real-life daughter who complains of being stalked. As the real daughter confronts her father"s alternate life, we are pulled into a psychological drama that pits reality and illusion against each other in astonishing ways.
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