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Tobias Hawke was the tech genius boss of the British Institute for Deep Learning. Now his body has been found in his lab: he has been brutally murdered. 

Hawke was on the brink of an astonishing breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence. His creation, 'Syd', a machine-learning device that mimics human thought, promised to change the face of humanity forever. But, in the wake of her creator's murder, Syd has gone into emergency shutdown procedure. What secrets are her neural networks hiding? 

Michael North, ex-assassin and spy-for-hire, is the man to find out. But he can't work alone. Teenage hacker Fangfang and Hawke's widow, a prize-winning ethicist, have their own reasons to solve the murder. But can they uncover the truth before it's too late?

©2020 Judith O'Reilly (P)2020 Head of Zeus

Critic Reviews

"A slick, fast-paced thriller from a master storyteller." (L. J. Ross)

"Packed with no-holds-barred action and memorable characters. It's a blast!" (James Swallow)

"New thriller writers come and go. I suspect this lady will stick around." (Frederick Forsyth)

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  • 26-04-2020

I wish I would have liked it

I not sure where to start of start on this review. Everything was within the book, I just didn't care for. I don't think I care for the characters was the main reason for not enjoying this book. Interesting ending but for the most part the plot was over the top and, again, I had no feelings for the characters at all. If there is a sequel, I don't think I will bother listening to it. It wasn't that the book was not well written, it just didn't trip my trigger and pull me in and leave me waiting for the next installment.

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  • Dobber
  • 30-05-2020

Frederick Forsyth is right, we need more from her.

I have just read Killing State and then listened to Curse of the day and I wish there was another. Perfect pace, plot to keep you intrigued. Also as an avid audiobook person (I drive a lot) some times the narrator can let a book down, this is very well read and like the plot keeps a great story going.

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  • EJP
  • 16-05-2020

Utterly compelling future shock thriller.

You are gripped from page 1. What you don't expect are the comic - even gentle - moments as the compelling narrative unfolds. In this the second Michael North thriller we get to know those around him in a story that delivers horror, adventure, imagination and tenderness in equal measure. I could not recommend more highly. I am already waiting for book three!

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  • DaveD
  • 06-07-2020

Fang-tasting

Do not let this author slip under your radar. Judith O’Reilly is a most skilled writer and producer of the best adventure / thrillers that you could wish for. North and Fang are a duo that competes handsomely with the classic partnerships of the classics and modern day crime fiction. Curse the Day romps along at speed and has you hang on to a gripping state of the art breathtaking beauty of a story.

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