When a powerful client summons him for a midnight meeting, lawyer Chris Bruen knows something is very wrong. Zapper, the world’s most popular search engine, has been compromised and its most valuable asset—search algorithms—stolen. The company suspects that this most recent instance in a wave of high-tech crimes originated in China, and that the government itself is behind the systematic theft of US intellectual property.
Chris travels to China to search for evidence that will link the intrusion to the People’s Liberation Army. With remote assistance from Zoey Doucet, the head of his firm’s computer forensics lab and his maybe-girlfriend, Chris uncovers information that takes him even deeper into the shadowy world of cybercrime. Now he is trapped in a foreign land with a hard drive containing information that puts his life in jeopardy. In this secretive world of Big Data, Chris will risk everything to fight an elusive enemy as far-reaching as the Internet itself.
About the Author
Reece Hirsch is the author of three thrillers that draw upon his background as a privacy and data security attorney. His first book, The Insider, was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Hirsch is a partner in the San Francisco office of an international law firm and co-chair of its privacy and cybersecurity practice. He is also a member of the board of directors of 826 National (www.826National.org). He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and a small, unruly dog. His website is www.reecehirsch.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When an internet search engine company is hacked by the Chinese, they call in their experts to determine the severity of the problem and how to recover the stolen algorithms used to make their search engine the largest in the world. China is working on their own search engine and, if they have access to the one in the United States, they could overtake it and become the largest. And this would give them more access to American companies and their technologies. An attorney representing the company decides to travel to China and get proof of China’s involvement in the theft. Once he gets it, what will he do with it? The State Department does not want to make waves with our biggest creditor. Although the book is fiction, its story line is all too true. China is getting away with stealing technology developed by US companies. Since China is a creditor of the US, our government tends to look the other way. It is past time to get tough with this country and its thievery. Thanks Goodreads for the free book. I enjoyed the book and look forward to more novels by Mr. Hirsch.
When I read it, word was just coming out about the Sony hack, so I was absolutely caught up in the timeliness of the tale. I found the entire story to be believable and all too possible in this day and age. I kept holding my breath at various places, afraid that Chris might actually bite it at one spot or another. The pacing was phenomenal and I had to keep reading. When I read this, I didn't realize it was part of a series, but that didn't give me any trouble while reading it. I definitely want to read more by Mr. Hirsch in the future and hope to get the chance soon! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
We all Google something everyday and hear or read about the size and power of Google, now you can read a thriller based on theft from a fictional Google caller Zapper. Chris Bruen a security and privacy lawyer at a law firm, is called in to investigate a hack into Zapper. Being a very hands on investigator Chris and his colleague Zoey have narrowed down the culprits and he decides to make a visit. Be warned this is not just a cybercrime investigation, Reece Hirsch has given us the whole shooting match - killings, greed, power, deadly pursuits and story twists all go to making an excellent thriller. The author has drawn on his professional background in writing this book and it shows, it is well written and gives you the impression that it is not all fiction and could be very real. This is one of my favourites of the year so far and could feature in my top 5 selection.