Blue Screen of Death

Blue Screen of Death

by Adrian McCarthy

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Veronica Avalon has a knack for finding and fixing problems in computer programs. Silicon Valley engineers like her call it debugging. It turns out debugging is a lot like solving a crime.

Veronica's personal hero Peter is found electrocuted in his bathtub. His parents believe it was a freak accident. The police call it suicide. Only tech-savvy Veronica recognizes the clue that points to murder.

When Peter's parents ask Veronica to recover information from their son's computer, she discovers that it hosts a pornographic web site. Could his illicit site have something to do with his murder? Loyalty and unresolved feelings for Peter drive Veronica past her revulsion to the porn. She digs into Peter's PC and follows the trail from online vice to the frontiers of artificial intelligence research.

Uncertain if she can trust her friends, her boss, or even Peter's parents, Veronica tries to single-handedly unmask the killer. Her talent for debugging software translates well into investigation, but the only way to draw the murderer out may be to complete Peter's enigmatic project.

If she succeeds, her discovery could bring down the Internet.

If she fails, she could be the killer's next victim.

[Approximately 70,000 words.]

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013960961
Publisher: Adrian McCarthy
Publication date: 02/19/2012
Series: Blue Screen Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 706 KB

About the Author

Adrian McCarthy, a California native, has spent more than twenty years writing software professionally, including stints at some of the most famous companies in Silicon Valley. He wasted decades dabbling with screenwriting and science fiction short stories and novels before figuring out that he liked mysteries.

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Blue Screen of Death 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read! McCarthy does an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged and entertained. With techy terms and realistic character portrayal, it's easy to become immersed in this unique murder mystery. Nerds and "regular human beings" alike will find McCarthy's style refreshing and intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tech lovers will like the tech angle and the story line is entertaining and moves briskly. The protagonist is well developed with entertaining depth to her character,,,, well worth the time !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BSOD is a great peak at how engineers think, and what happens when that thinking is applied to the "analog" (real) world. Told from the point of view of a software developer, this murder mystery explains how engineers approach a problem and how they reason through data. Although most of the technical terms in this book are explained, I think it still appeals more to software people in particular. Most engineers will immediately recognize some of the traits of the characters in this book, as well as the debugging style of the main character. Engineers (and others I expect) will also sympathize with the shy nature of the protagonist, Ranna, and come to cheer for her as she comes out of her shell and becomes an aggressive and clever sleuth! Very much worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a good read. The book has a good pace and it is a decent size (probably around 250 pages so you don't get that nasty surprise of having bought a short story). Having lived and worked in the Silicon Valley for a number of years, I enjoyed the "insiders" references but I think anyone would find the locale interesting. I'm don't work for the tech industry, but have been around it enough to have found this brought out my "inner geek" (and I'll confess that I enjoyed that too). The main character, Ranna, is a female software programmer. This is a rare creature in the tech industry and I think the author did a good job in developing the character. The mystery itself kept developing and has some good twists.