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Harley Spring is a supervisor with a problem. She has to get her group through a certification inspection or Sil-Trac, the large computer chip manufacturer she works for, will lose millions of dollars in contracts. When the man in charge of figuring out why the numbers don't add up disappears, Harley receives an unusual ransom demand. Before she can respond, Mike's girlfriend finds him-dead.

The race to solve the numbers problem is on, and each time Harley gets close, someone ...

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Overview

Harley Spring is a supervisor with a problem. She has to get her group through a certification inspection or Sil-Trac, the large computer chip manufacturer she works for, will lose millions of dollars in contracts. When the man in charge of figuring out why the numbers don't add up disappears, Harley receives an unusual ransom demand. Before she can respond, Mike's girlfriend finds him-dead.

The race to solve the numbers problem is on, and each time Harley gets close, someone else dies. Meanwhile, Mike's Uncle Andrush has his own agenda. Andrush believes Mike brought a priceless family icon to America when he immigrated, and Andrush has nothing but debts to lose. Harley finds herself in possession of the icon and the target of whomever wants the production counts to stay scrambled. If she doesn't solve the count problem, she'll lose her job. If she does it could mean her life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894942355
  • Publisher: Zumaya Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: Harley Spring Mystery Series
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 842,490
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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I had just finished my daily labor report when the phone rang.

"Sil-Trac, this is Harley speaking."

"Miss Harley..." said a weak voice on the other end. I could hardly hear over the sound of traffic in the background.

"Hello...Hello...Who is this?"

"Miss Harley, it's Rebecca." It sounded like she was sobbing.

"Rebecca, what's wrong?"

"It's Miroslaw." More sobbing.

"Rebecca, listen. Take a deep breath and then tell me what's wrong." I could hear engine noise in the background. "Start with where you are."

"I am at the petrol store. I went to Miroslaw's home. I am feeding Lech while Miroslaw is with his cousin." She went into another siege of sobbing. At this rate, it would be next week before I got the story out of her.

"Rebecca, if you can't tell me what's wrong, I can't help you." I had a sudden vision of Debbie Dayshift arriving at Mike's while Rebecca was feeding Lech. "Are you hurt, Rebecca?" "Not me. Miss Harley, I think Miroslaw is dying."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    A First Novel That Kills

    Harley Spring is in deep water, she must help prepare her company, Sil-Trac, for an ISO 9000 inspection and try to solve a mystery at the same time. Employees keep turning up dead and Harley fears that if she doesn't get to the bottom of the deaths she'll be next. With the help of her stepson and a fat detective Harley works through the Sil-Trac murder scandal and gets her job done at the same time. Arlene Sachitano's first novel is charming and witty. Her dialogue is sharp and while there is a small amount technical information it is not only easy to understand but useful for creating a vivid image of the setting. The plot includes enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. I would highly recommend this book to any reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    A well written mystery

    Harley Spring is a supervisor at Sil Trac, a Washington state based Manufacturing Corporation that makes computer chips. They are due to have a certification inspection in four days and the numbers are not matching up right. One of her team leaders Mike took the papers home and is working on the problem. When he is due in to work, his brother calls telling the company Mike is sick. Harley knows there is a problem because Mike has no brother.............................................................. His girlfriend Rebecca, who works at the same company, calls Harley to tell her Mike is dead. When she arrives at Mike¿s home, the two women sneak out the company papers and a picture of the Black Madonna. Two more people who work at the company are killed and Harley and the police don¿t have a clue what is going on until her genius son and his equally intelligent friend figure out what is happening at the factory. Now all the authorities and Harley have to do is identify the ringleaders are and catch them in the act................................................. CHIP AND DIE is an upbeat amateur sleuth mystery that readers will find amusing, and refreshingly original. The heroine is a delight, beset by problems but still manages to get the job done. Arlene Sachitano is a terrific writer who excels at characterizations and plotting. Harley is an intelligent, in-your-face character who does what she wants which is helping the people she comes to care about deal with their problems. It is hoped that there will be more novels starring this complex and enchanting character................................... Harriet Klausner

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