Hack, galaxy-trotting journalist from Planet Dirt, lands in the
Australian outback and starts his expose of Earth’s crime scene
with the aid of the Guilt Detector and Confession Ray. Hack’s odyssey
takes in all inhabited continents and numerous towns and cities,
covers a vast spectrum of crimes ranging from horse-doping to genocide,
and involves many changes of identity and several of sex.
Hack is not afraid to get his hands dirty: in Sydney he joins
the mob as a drug mule and goes to Bangkok, where he adopts a victim
of pedophilia and takes her to Tokyo to have her virginity restored.
She is abducted, first by the Yakuza and then by the Parrot Truth
Religion, before dying in a battle between the two. In Los Angeles,
Hack founds Serial Killers Anonymous and follows the freon trail
to Mexico, where he becomes a masked wrestler and unmasks police
corruption and interviews a ghost who reveals a terrible secret.
In Colombia, he sees the connection between cocaine and civil war
close-up and barely survives, but escapes in a canoe through the
burning Amazon jungle and makes it to Rio, where he becomes a sexologist
to explore the nexus between violence and sexuality.
In London, Hack enters the world of fundamentalist terrorism,
and becomes the middleman in a deal to acquire the atomic ‘suitcase
bomb’, while challenging Earth’s cybercriminals: hack into my
fridge if you can! In Tel Aviv he meets Mr Big and becomes involved in
a huge money-laundering diamond deal which leads him to the jungles of
the Congo, where he meets the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide and
hears rumours about the dreaded Dr X, whom he tracks down in her
secret laboratory, weaponising the Ebola virus. Hack’s questions
about Earth are answered, and he departs before the impending
apocalypse, assisted by the Galactic Groove Sampler, the Milky Way’s