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Published by Little Brown, 20 April 2017. ISBN:
Samantha Morpeth is still only a teenager when her
mother is sent to prison on drugs charges, leaving Sam to look after her Down
syndrome sister Lilly. Despite the incriminating evidence her mother has always
protested that she is innocent. To cap it all Sam is refused a caring allowance
because she is still in full time education.
Next, we meet Jack Parlabane, a
journalist applying for a job with the magazine Broadwave. A group of hackers
have infiltrated a well-known bank. Jack recognises the logo they use, knows of
them from spending a lot of time online and finds out enough to write a scoop
for the magazine.
Samantha also spends many hours
online, it is a means of escape for her. One day she receives a threat of
prison via her computer by someone who knows all about her past when she had
been rather rebellious. They want her to hack into Synergis, an electronics
company who are about to launch a new revolutionary prototype, and then steal
it. Concerned about what would happen to Lilly if she does not comply she has
to agree. In desperation, she turns to Jack who she knows on line but only by
his user name. He owes her a few favours from the past and she arranges to meet
him and asks for his help.
So, begins a deep dark journey into
the world of industrial espionage and the more they unearth the more they find
out that nothing is as it first appears. Then there is a murder.
Not only do they have to find the
prototype but they are determined to discover who is behind the threat and of
course stay alive in the process.
A really gripping climax and
In spite of the fact that most
computer language is beyond me, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very intriguing
plot which twists and turns continually. It is a real eye opener to the world
of hacking and I found it especially interesting in light of the recent events
involving the N.H.S. Etc. It certainly is food for thought. Recommended not
just for those interested in computers and hacking but for everyone who enjoys
a book which is full of surprises and has a very satisfactory ending.
Brookmyre was born in Glasgow in 1968.He
was educated at the University of Glasgow. His novels mix
comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has
been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and son.
Tricia Chappell. I have a
great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the
occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.