By S.L. Allen
Updated September 08, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Is this thriller about the mysterious Prisoner Zero? Or Marrakech beggar brats? Or a future Chinese emperor? Amazingly, it hardly matters — each strand of this quantum noir is so trippy you need not know what’s what.

For Fans of…
The Matrix.

Grimwood’s hard-boiled prose reels you in like a velvet rope (smiles twist ”lips without ever reaching her eyes”). Too bad about reality being an illusion, though.