Author - Alan Dean Foster.
Alan Dean Foster is the author of numerous films, the first 3 Alien films, the Thing, the chronicles of Riddick, the Black Hole, Outland, Starman, Alien Nation and the Dig.
Other books to become movies include Clash of the Titans, Krull, the last Starfighter, Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood), and more recently Transformers.
Sagramanda is the name of the city, containing a population of 100 million people. The main character is Taneer, a scientist, who goes on the run with his employer's secret project code.
Foster as usual has a cast of characters who are all interlinked and there are several stories happening which will criss cross at some point;
Dephali would die for Taneer, whereas his own father would like to kill him. Chalcedony works for the company and would rather not kill Taneer if it could be avoided. There is also Jena, a serial killer, Sanjay a 'fence', and a troubled chief inspector.
This is apparently classed as a 'techno-thriller' but WITHOUT the 'thrill'.
I have read many, many Alan dean foster books and to be honest this is not one of his best, it is along the same lines of the 'Mocking program'.
The plot droned on, the book was unexciting, as an ADF fan I really was disappointed.
Compared to 'sentenced to prism' this was a flat read.
The dialogue, plot speed and characters are disappointing,
Not one of Alan's better books.
A DISAPPOINTING READ.