My Dad gave me this book thinking I'd like it or something. Considering I finished it it less than 24 hours, I'd say he was right.
It's always interesting to read science fiction that is set in present day. This book was written in 1995, before Google or Facebook, before the recessions of the 2000's, and most importantly right before the crime levels began dropping dramatically. If crime had continued it's 1960-1990 climb, the book might be even more meaningful. Still, the author had many opportunities to predict future events that seem like pretty good ideas. From electric cars to parental licenses. And the book had a pretty good ending, which I always appreciate.