Heather Brooke

What the Refrigerator Saw

Future Crimes: A Journey to the Dark Side of Technology – and How to Survive It

By Marc Goodman

Bantam Press 452pp £20 order from our bookshop

It’s his editor I feel sorry for. ‘She worked weekends and nights, and even missed family gatherings in the cause of this book,’ says Marc Goodman. However, despite her overtime, Future Crimes remains a testament to turgid prose. The title is promising enough and there are some interesting and intriguing ideas about the way crime will morph as it adapts to the digital age. But a tougher editor would have pared this book down by half.

Most future crimes, according to Goodman,

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