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Blue Screen of Death

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published February 19th 2012 by Adrian McCarthy
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Aug 29, 2015 Nadeen rated it really liked it
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In doing this review, I have tried to remove my natural predisposition to automatically like it just because it is
about a smart technical woman. The female protagonist happens to be a real geek - a code slinging, bug chasing woman that could be me. There aren't a lot of female technical characters in popular culture, whether it is a novel, a TV show or a movie, who aren't portrayed as rumbled, disheveled, socially clueless brainiacs. In reality we are all of that, some of that and none of that
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May 19, 2016 Bett Correa-Bollhoefer rated it it was amazing
Such a fun murder mystery with the details of the murder current Internet technology! I enjoyed this for a few reasons:
The main character Ranna is going through a coming to age crisis as the background of the story.
The Internet and technology really are key to the plot not just random facts.
The backdrop of the east bay gives the reader a good feel for the area.
Jul 27, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Brilliant debut novel! I had a difficult time putting it down. It was supposed to be an airplane read, but even after I arrived in paradise, I found myself looking for moments to get my nose back into the book.

I do work in the software industry in Silicon Valley, and being a woman in tech, I found a gazillion small relatable references in the novel. I found myself nodding and giggling at nerdy jokes. The story zips along with great pacing and some unexpected turns. I loved the protagonist and I
Chris Yoder
Apr 08, 2012 Chris Yoder rated it it was amazing
Note: This book is not for the younger set due to some of the subjects discussed.

A real page turner! I managed to finish this book in < 40 hours elapsed because it kept drawing me in. Probably 10ish hours of intense reading.

For the first 1/3 or so of the book, I kept seeing parallels with the book "Microserfs". It was geeky fun in a universe that I knew and loved. I was confused that Veronica knew that Peter drove a Mitsubishi Eclipse and that Wei drives a Honda Civic, but didn't care even ab
Nov 25, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
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I loved all the references to Silicon Valley life and work. I thought it was a fun mystery story. I found myself doubting some of the plot points (Can you really be electrocuted by dropping your laptop into the tub? Even if it's plugged in?), but really enjoyed it even with those questions surfacing in my mind.
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Apr 25, 2014 Laura de Leon rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, traipsing after a murderer in Silicon Valley.
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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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