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Friday, April 4, 2014

Auditory Viewpoint By Lillian R. Melendez

by Sandra Murphy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

Gloria Rank has been blind since birth. She’s known no other way so has less problem with it than her sister thinks she should. Even though Gloria’s the oldest, Anna is the protector.

In her job as part of a radio talk show team, Gloria meets Benjamin, an expert on identity theft. When Anna’s personal information is hacked, Gloria turns to Benjamin for help. That might have been the end of it, if not for the dead body found at Anna’s door. Soon the sisters are on the run and trying not to leave a trail of electronic breadcrumbs for the killer to follow.

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After a while, it’s hard to know just who to trust–even Benjamin and the FBI agents assigned to the case. More deaths follow, seemingly unrelated to the sisters, but who knows for sure? Gloria has always relied on her other senses to make up for her lack of sight. She’s able to calm Anna enough to teach her the same skills so that they can find the killer/hackers themselves.

In the meantime, there’s a warehouse full of people, determined to hack as many credit card accounts as possible, using fake web sites and cold calls. They work on new ways to stay one step ahead of security measures.

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Everything comes together on Thanksgiving Day, at the Macy’s parade. New York City is a big place. Will it be possible to find eight hackers in the crowd, stop the theft and find the killer? Only time will tell.

There’s a lot of information about identity theft, how it’s done in a crowd and how the hackers use the information. Personal issues are woven into the corruption as well. The plot does stretch believability but not to the breaking point. My only problem is the language is stiff, which slows the pace for me, even in the chase scenes. This has the potential to be a series.

To enter to win a copy of Auditory Viewpoint, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Viewpoint”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 12, 2014. U.S. residents only.

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra's short stories on UnTreed Reads including Bananas Foster.

1 comment:

  1. Since I teach about preventing identity theft this book looks great.