Dot Dead (Silicon Valley Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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When Ian Michaels, a Silicon Valley hotshot, discovers a young, beautiful woman stabbed to death in his house, it takes him a moment to realize that the still-warm corpse is his maid. Far from the gray-haired, cookie-baking grandmother he imagined her to be, Gwendolyn was a stranger to Ian, but her family, old boyfriend, and the Palo Alto police seem to think they were a couple. And despite his best efforts to prove otherwise, the evidence against Ian is growing. It looks like someone is framing Ian for murder, ...
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Dot Dead (Silicon Valley Series #1)

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Overview

When Ian Michaels, a Silicon Valley hotshot, discovers a young, beautiful woman stabbed to death in his house, it takes him a moment to realize that the still-warm corpse is his maid. Far from the gray-haired, cookie-baking grandmother he imagined her to be, Gwendolyn was a stranger to Ian, but her family, old boyfriend, and the Palo Alto police seem to think they were a couple. And despite his best efforts to prove otherwise, the evidence against Ian is growing. It looks like someone is framing Ian for murder, but who? An executive at a tech firm, Ian is anxious to prove his innocence to his boss and mentor Paul Berk, a Silicon Valley legend. As the investigation heats up so does Ian's interest in Gwendolyn's sister, but can she be trusted?

"The breakneck pace, intriguing characters and snappy dialogue of the Silicon Valley world that Keith Raffel knows so well hooked me. If you can, get a take-out order of Mandarin Gourmet's broccoli beef and cashew chicken and prepare to stay up all night reading Dot Dead." --Cara Black, bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc series

"Dot Dead is a fast paced, truly witty mystery set in the maze and madness of Silicon Valley. Ian Michaels is a determined and often befuddled hero who must navigate around a delightfully opinionated Jewish mother and solve a murder while finding love. This is a fun read." --Stuart Kaminsky, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master

"Dot Dead is a fast-paced, twisty ride. I never knew Silicon Valley was such a scary place." --Peter Abrahams, Edgar Award-winning author of End of Story, Down the Rabbit Hole, and Oblivion
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Editorial Reviews

San Jose Mercury News - John Orr
"This book is a pleasure, and it was especially fun to read about Palo Alto from the perspective of a smart person who grew up there, who can still remember it at its best, before its charm began to erode under the unrelenting pressure of the big-money MBAs who followed the scent of high-tech money and who now tailgate each other at high speed down Oregon Expressway, hurrying, hurrying toward the next hoped-for big deal."
DEMO Letter - Chris Shipley
"I’ve known Keith for years as a smart technology guy, and now I’ve discovered him as a convincing, talented writer. Pick up Dot Dead if you’re looking for a delightful vacation from the rigors of your Silicon Valley life."
Palo Alto Weekly - Lora Roberts
"Raffel offers an insider viewpoint on the siliconization of the Valley of Heart's Delight. Those who don't live here can enjoy the mystery and the sense of place. Those who do live here will enjoy a drive past many familiar places on their way to solving the crime."
Bookreporter.com - Joe Hartlaub
"[W]ithout question the most impressive mystery debut of the year."
Crimespree Magazine - Susan M. Kaye
"Keith Raffel's debut novel is a great read. Although the book is fast-paced, each of his characters is distinct and well-developed.... Set aside a day to read this book -- once you start it, it's hard to put down."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015708714
  • Publisher: Keith Raffel
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Series: Silicon Valley Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 233,746
  • File size: 1,000 KB

Meet the Author

As counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Keith Raffel held a top secret clearance to watch over CIA activities. Since those days, he has run for Congress, supported himself at the racetrack, founded an award-winning Silicon Valley software company, worked at a DNA sequencing company, and written four novels. Check what Keith's up to now at www.keithraffel.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    surprising

    i was so afraid that i would not be able to follow the technical aspects but i did well enough that i got the storyline completely as i am something of a computer novice that was quite an accomplishment for mr raffel however i am now impatient for another book in the series come on keith!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Terrific book from the time you open the first page and never lets down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    Superb mystery

    Ian Michaels feels he owes his meteoric rise in the business community to his boss and best friend Paul Berk. Ian wants to be the CEO of Accelenet a high speed networking company. He also wants to develop Bonds, a way of extracting data six times faster over any medium but he is frustrated when Paul vetoes his project and doesn¿t give him the COO position. His life becomes more than frustrated when he is knocked out in his home and finds his maid dead on his bed.------------- Ian has never met his part-time late maid Gwendolyn Goldberg as they conversed through notes and he thought of her as a motherly person, not realizing she was in her twenties. He goes to her funeral to pay his last respects and is immediately attracted to her sister Rowena who soon returns his affection. Never once does she believe he killed her sister even though evidence is piling up that they not only knew each other, they had an affair. Ian takes matters into his own hands and starts to investigate Gwendolyn¿s death because he is the police¿s number one suspect.------------ Keith Raffel has written an exciting and believable amateur sleuth murder mystery that doesn¿t strain the bounds of credibility like the flaw of so many books in the sub-genre. Ian questions witnesses and because he knows some of the players in the ways the police can never do, he is able to make connections that lead away from him to other viable suspects. The protagonist is a very likeable and believable character who inspires positive emotions in everyone around him including readers because he comes across as an ¿everyman¿-------------- Harriet Klausner

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