The London Project is a well-structured futuristic who-done-it novel about a woman police detective on the tail of the killer of a fourteen year old girl who was badly tortured before her death. It’s set in a time when London has a sophisticated web system—a kind of natural extension of the present world wide web—run by the Portal company. The London Project was the rolling out of this web across all of central London so that no one was ever off the grid—or mostly anyway; a few dead zones remain.
Think of a kind of far-reaching Facebook/You Tube that stores medical records and other official data, and tracks all your personal events via feeds that you share with your subscribers. Linked to this is an automatic driving system where you program in your destination and the car takes you via the most efficient route, avoiding all the other cars sensed by the GPS software. Sensors line the street so that people can be located at any time. This alone has made London safer. The police force has been cut back because most crimes can solved using the Portal’s resources. Business boomed with the introduction of the London Project so, though it has its critics, the overwhelming response has been positive. The benefits seem to outweigh the disadvantages. It’s a beneficial big brother—or is it?
It’s a chilling vision because it’s all too possible.
Like all good crime mystery books, there are many twists and turns. The plot and pacing are impeccable, and the characters and their relationships are well developed and realistic. It’s an entertaining read for anyone who likes a good mystery.
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because the quality of the prose was not as good as the rest of the book. The author relies too much on passive verbs which rob the prose of its power. Also, the author and editor are not aware that commas are required after introductory phrases, not just to be pedantic, but in order for the reading to be smooth and easy to understand.