''Mona Lisa Overdrive'' is the third novel in William Gibson’s SprawlTrilogy. Published in 1988, the book switches off between the interwoven stories of [[{{RevolvingDoorCasting}} four different protagonists]], who are each involved in a plot to kidnap famous sim-star Angie Mitchell: [[{{HookerWithAHeartOfGold}} Mona, an innocent young prostitute]]; Kumiko, the [[{{MafiaPrincess}} daughter of a Yakuza businessman]], Slick Henry, an ex-convict computer hacker turned junk artist; and Angie herself, who has the unique power to enter the Matrix without a computer. Characters who return from the first two books include Angie and Bobby Newmark (from {{Literature/Count Zero}}), Molly from {{Literature/Neuromancer}} (now called Sally Shears), and the Finn, from both (well, sort of).

Mona Lisa Overdrive provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Molly/Sally Shears, as usual
* AmbiguousDisorder: Gentry, Slick's landlord.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Eddy, Mona’s abusive boyfriend/pimp.]] Also [[spoiler:Little Bird, Slick’s racist comrade.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Molly reminisces about fighting under the name 'Misty Steele'.
* {{Badass}}: Molly/Sally Shears—if possible, even moreso than in {{Neuromancer}}.
** RetiredBadass: She quit doing Runs and bought a German casino some time ago, and gave up her BloodSport "hobby" five years ago. Then someone dug up some dirt on her and blackmailed her into one more job.
* TheButlerDidIt: Almost all of the plot threads features a suspicious butler-like figure, who, shockingly, turns out to have shady motives. Kumiko has Petal, Mona has Prior, Angie has Swift.
* {{Cyberpunk}}
* {{Cyberspace}}
* DisposableSexWorker: Subverted; Mona realizes that her captors consider her this, escapes, and winds up playing a significant role in the story.
* {{Expy}}: Tick replaces the Finn as the new eccentric software dealer (since the Finn himself isn’t exactly in a position to do so anymore…)
* GenreSavvy: What saves Mona from becoming a DisposableSexWorker.
* {{Girl Friday}}: Cherry Chesterfield, the sassy nurse working with Slick and Gentry to take care of Bobby’s unconscious body.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Mona.
* MafiaPrincess: Kumiko
* SequelGap: It’s been several years since ‘’Count Zero,’’ and well over a decade since ‘’Neuromancer,’’ such that the characters who do return have changed drastically; Angie Mitchell is now a sim-stim superstar; Bobby Newmark has married her, divorced her, and gone missing; Molly has changed her name to Sally Shears, and fills an older-mentor role rather than a sidekick one; and the Finn [[spoiler: has died, but left behind an A.I. construct of himself.]]
-->'''Finn:''' "Case? Last I heard he was married with some kids."
* SnuffFilm: Mona assumes she's being prepared for one of these when she's given plastic surgery to look like Angie Mitchell [[spoiler: rather than as a decoy to replace the real one.]]
* VirtualGhost: The Finn has become one, [[spoiler: as has Lady 3Jane. In the end both Bobby and Angie end up that way as well.]]
* {{Unreveal}}: Molly/Sally’s eyes are still never seen.