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Neuromancer | Part 4, Chapter 13 : The Straylight Run | Summary



The Turing police quiz Case on his job. They ask where Molly is and what he did that evening. They interrogate him to find out how much he knows about what he is doing and who is involved and pressure him to cooperate and tell them more. The woman suggests Case is a traitor to humanity for helping Wintermute escape the limits placed on him.

The Turing cops plan to take Case with them back to Earth. As they walk, one of Freeside's flying security drones Case suddenly swoops down and kills two of the Turing police. A gardening robot attacks the third one, and Case realizes Wintermute has taken over these machines and is using them to kill the Turing police.


When the Turing police quiz Case on his activities, they review much of this for the reader. In doing so, they also advance the theme of knowledge and demonstrate the nature of Case's world. Privacy doesn't exist. People or computers monitor human actions most of the time. The primary crimes investigated in this world are not personal (such as Case's drug use) or even ethical (such as Riviera's killings) but pragmatic. Having the Turing police interrogate Case emphasizes his outsider status, and the nature of the investigation emphasizes how much this world has changed. These police don't care about Case's drug use, nor are they especially concerned about his past thefts. They interrogate Case because he is involved in what they see as a crime against humanity. Case is helping an AI break free from its imposed limits and become smarter than it should. The chapter's ending emphasizes just how correct the Turing police are. Whether or not it is a danger to all of humanity, Wintermute is a clear threat to individual humans.

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