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The techno-thriller genre's newest star, whom People magazine likened to Michael Chrichton himself, unleashes in Reaper the ultimate techno-killer a biological virus that's spread electronically.

In Boston, nine lawyers ona conference call suddenly convulse with pain, turn chalk white and die. In Vermont, a young woman watching her favorite sitcom meets the same grisly fate, as does a group of sewer workers in Washington, D.C. Whatever has killed these people is spreading fast and the task of eradicating it falls to young virologist Samantha Craig and paramedic Nick Barnes, whose brilliant surgical career was ruined by a crippling hand injury.

When Nick and Samantha discover that the virus, named Reaper, is spread through TVs and PCs, they realize that the information superhighway will become a killing field, with tens of millions dead, unless they can root Reaper out. Their search employs a dazzling array of real-life wizardry, from Mylar body paint to Stealth helicopters to CIA-bred swarms of insects. At the core of Reaper's madness, they find a suavely megalomaniacal, up-from-the-slums, high-tech billionaire; and a high-powered cabal that will do anything to save the world from technology, even if that means annihilating the world.

Drawing on the latest medical and technological research and folding in deftly realized characters, Ben Mezrich crafts a relentless, page-turning tale that is at once cutting-edge and utterly believable.

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Ben Mezrich was born and raised in Princeton, NJ, the son of an electrical engineer-turned-doctor and lawyer. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991, with no clear idea what he wanted to do next, Mezrich took the LSATs and GREs, applied to law school and graduate school, and looked at about a dozen jobs, ranging from investment banking in New York City to broadcast television in Singapore.

In the midst of this whirlwind, Mezrich realized that his true passion was writing. He settled in a small apartment in Boston and went to work. To pay the rent, Mezrich worked as a television researcher, a communications specialist, a cartoonist and as a research assistant for lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

Mezrich devoted a great deal of time to researching his first book, Threshold, spending countless hours in biology labs and hospitals, interviewing geneticists, and pumping his Thursday-night poker group comprised of Harvard M.D. and Ph.D. candidates for information. His newest book, Reaper, is on sale now. He lives in Boston.

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