cover image Broken Genius: A Will Parker Thriller

Broken Genius: A Will Parker Thriller

Drew Murray. Oceanview, $26.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-60809-388-5

Murray’s competent debut, a series launch, introduces Will Parker, who left his job as the CEO of a fabulously successful tech company to become a special agent in the FBI’s Cyber division out of guilt for an error Will made in a coding program that led indirectly to the murder of a kidnapped co-ed. A case takes Will to Indiana, where Roger Caplan, a vendor at a local comic convention, has been murdered; traces of radioactivity that match “the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident” were found in Caplan’s hotel room. The trail leads Will to a Dark Net auction of the Fukushima Unicorn, a portable quantum computer that has the potential to change the world for good or ill. Will and his cohorts as well as his adversaries, who include “the most skilled and prolific hacker in Asia,” are soon racing through crowds of cosplayers and Star Trek fans to gain control of the quantum computer. Fortunately for Will, no one else is nearly as smart, fit, or as quick-witted as he is. Computer geeks will look forward to Will’s further adventures. Agent: Melissa Edwards, Stonesong. (June)