Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan.
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In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy,
monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race,
religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined
life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a
person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of
the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making
death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.
Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was
particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from
home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now
with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into
the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even
by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that
can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his
chest was only the beginning. . . .
--I really enjoyed this book. Thumbs up!