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''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 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: Sally apparently fought in illegal blood matches for a while under the name 'Misty Steele'
-->'''Sally:''' Gimme a break. Wasn't me made that one up.
* 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.
* CampGay: Porphyre, Angie's hairdresser, who is no longer on speaking terms with the guy who usually plays her boyfriend.
%%* {{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: All of the characters except Eddie and maybe Prior, to some extent. Mona in particular starts to get worried that she's a DisposableSexWorker.
* {{Girl Friday}}: Cherry Chesterfield, the sassy nurse working with Slick and Gentry to take care of Bobby’s unconscious body.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Averted and lampshaded. Angie is a Voodoo practitioner (sort of) and her chapters [[ShownTheirWork refer to a lot of obscure concepts and entities associated with Voodoo]]. When Porphyre (sarcastically) describes Voodoo along much more stereotypical lines, Angie notes that he should know better.
%%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Mona.
* MafiaPrincess: Kumiko is the daughter of not just ''a'' Yakuza boss, but ''the'' Yakuza boss.
-->'''Kumiko:''' He is a man of high rank.
-->'''Sally:''' (Shakes her head) Your old man, Kumi? He is ''it.''
* RetiredBadass: Molly/Sally Shears 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.
* 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.]]
* TheScrounger: Slick builds his art out of junk he finds.
* TimeSkip: 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 mellowed a bit, 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."
* {{Unreveal}}: Molly/Sally’s eyes are still never seen.
* VirtualGhost: Several, including some characters from previous books who have since died. Collin the AI who counsels and protects Kumiko is also explicitly described as a ghost, even though he was apparently never a real person.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Tick has his arm dislocated in a simulation, and even though his real arm is unharmed he still feels like it had been injured when he leaves.