- About the Book
From a top international crime writer, The Last Hack is "an extraordinary suspense novel" (Washington Post) about an old-school journalist facing down obsolescence, the most memorable teenage hacker since Lisbeth Salander, and a heist that will take this unlikely pair to the most treacherous corners of the Internet. Sam Morpeth has had to grow up way too fast. Left to fend for a younger sister when their mother goes to prison, she is forced to watch her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online. Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane seems to have finally gotten his career back on track with a job at a flashy online news start-up, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything. Thrown to-gether by a shared enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realize--and might be each other's only hope.
The Last Hack is composed of two story lines that are as elaborately knotted together as the Ethernet and printer cables on my office power strip.... Brookmyre is a pro at slowly injecting ever more anxiety into scenes where the suspense sweat-o-meter is already hovering in the red zone.... The one thing critical to a good suspense novel is, well, suspense. But an extraordinary suspense novel has that extra something a haunting setting, wit or, in the case of The Last Hack, the presence of an idiosyncratic, morally complex heroine.