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When two of her employees are murdered, talented Silicon Valley executive Julie Blake discards conservatism and moderation and teams with maverick computer investigator Vic Paoli to solve the crime

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Despite the telegraphed identity of at least one culprit, occasional plot twists and wonderfully witty writing make Chapman's first hardcover novel a read-at-one-sitting delight. Julie Blake is a very proper corporate v-p at a computer firm, where she manages the work of 30 programmers on the highly confidential and prestigious Project 6. After the corpse of one of her employees is found "crammed in among the wiring" of a computer nicknamed Larry, another murder follows; soon it is discovered that the secrets of Project 6 have been leaked to the Soviets. Eager to protect her job and the project to which she has devoted the last five years, Blake teams up with irrepressible Vic Paoli, an investigator for the National Security Agency. Together they trace information that will lead them to the killer--unless he gets to them first. While the plot is sometimes thin, the engaging characters and their fast-paced dialogue offer reason aplenty to forge ahead.
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Young Julie Blake--pretty, pushy, and gifted with a talent for the science of computers--heads up a secret project at ICI, a major company in California's Silicon Valley, the core of which is a master computer nicknamed Larry. When the body of Ronald Gershbein, one of Julie's top technicians, is found shot to death inside Larry, the local police as well as FBI and NSA agents are all over the place since Washington, D.C., has a strong interest in Project 6. There are more murders and a couple of close calls for Julie before the mastermind is unmasked, Julie finds true love, and the project's on the way to success. A fresh and often funny debut novel that manages to make its milieu comprehensible even to the computer-ignorant but will be most enjoyed by the initiated. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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