by : F. Paul Wilson
Tristan is the perfect spy. He's a "mime," an artificially created and cloned human who's metamorphic DNA can be programmed to transform him into a "masque" - a perfect genetic copy of anyone. Mimes can be turned into anyone their corporate city-state owners want, until the stress of assuming masques causes a meltdown. Earning Selfhood - citizenship and a permanent form - is a mime's sole hope for survival. Tristan is one mission away from Selfhood. His assignment is to enter the heart of the enemy corporation's nerve center, steal top-secret data, and escape through a lawless surreal hell of psychopathic cults and mutant undergrounds. At stake in his assignment is a looming holocaust that can bring destiny - or genocide - to an entire race.