The setting: Bolivia in the near future. Miguel Turing” Saenz, a veteran cryptanalyst, is the most famous code-breaker in the employment of a secret government organization known as the Black Chamber. He is leading the pursuit of the Chamber’s latest target: Kandinsky, a cyberhacktivist” leader who is staging a war against both the government and the country’s transnational corporations as part of an antiglobalization revolution. As Turing finds himself drawn into a web of murder, intrigue, and deception, he begins to suspect that his work is not as innocent as he once believed.
Paz Soldán is certainly bringing us a side of Bolivia that even those of us who often visit the country have seldom dreamed of. And he's usefully rescuing us from provincialism by reminding us that even in underdeveloped Andean cities, people flourish "KILL MICROSOFT" stickers next to their posters of Kurt Cobain.