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Ever wish things were different?

Ivy Velasquez did, so she became someone else. In the 3D virtual world Marionette City, you can be anything you want — but everyone still knows who you are. Driven by her desire for a new life, Ivy takes her future in her hands when she makes another identity for herself. A brilliant designer, Ivy works for one of the huge firms which control the online system the world relies upon for both business and pleasure. But one day, Ivy discovers that her alternate self, Reuben Cobalt, had been murdered.

Since alternate identities are forbidden by the firms which control access to the nets and to M City, Ivy has nowhere to turn — until she finds Andersson Dexter. Part private eye, part vigilante and part cop, Dex sets out to uncover Reuben’s killer. Since the firms control almost every aspect of life, including law and order, justice for average people comes only at the hands of the outlaw organization to which Dex belongs.

Self Made is a murder mystery set in a vision of a future that seems to lurk just over the horizon. But above all, it is a story of how people strive to control their own destinies, and how that desire affects them and the people around them in ways they could never imagine.

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  • Designer Ivy Velasquez hires independent investigator Andersson Dexter to search for the killer of her "multi" - her illicit online identity, Reuben Cobalt.

  • Dex investigates Reuben's online activities, sneaking into forums for multis and encountering a multi activist.

  • Dex interviews some of Reuben's friends, and gets his first view of Reuben when he was alive.

  • Dex discovers that Ivy has been hiding some information from him, and he meets with more of Reuben's associates.

  • One of Dex's colleagues explains that there are many dangers facing multis from extremists, and Dex gets caught up in some excitement of his own.

  • Dex gets shanghaied on a date with Annabelle, and he confronts Ivy about the secrets she is keeping from him.

  • After an unpleasant encounter in his way home, Dex gets lost in old memories. Later, he uncovers a new motive for Reuben's murder.

  • Dex starts to think abut ways to change his own life and he stumbles upon a suspect.

  • With help from Annabelle, Dex tracks down his missing suspect.

  • Dex confronts the suspect and is surprised by who else he encounters in Guadalajara.

  • Annabelle's personal dislike for some of the players get in the way of the investigation and Dex loses his suspect again.

  • Dex resolves the case and makes some important decisions about his own life as a result.

  • Dex resolves the case and makes some important decisions about his own life as a result.

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