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  • Series: Alex Bellamy
  • Perfect Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Gypsy Moon Press; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096992111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0969921110
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,681,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FATAL ENCRYPTION is a corporate caper with plenty of twists and turns, and an assortment of appealing characters to keep you guessing. Debra Purdy Kong's newest novel offers a well-plotted mystery reminiscent of the classic whodunits. A great beach read! --Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author

About the Author

Award-winning writer, Debra Purdy Kong, resides in Canada's pacific northwest. After earning a diploma in criminology, she published more than eighty short stories, essays, and articles for publications that include Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, NeWest Review, Dandelion, Lynx Eye, and several mystery magazines. First introduced in Debra's novel, TAXED TO DEATH, Alex Bellamy's story picks up eighteen months later in FATAL ENCRYPTION, where his life isn't going exactly as planned.

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While raising a family, volunteering at my kids' schools, and working at a variety of jobs over the years, I've never stopped writing. It's been a pleasure and a passion for over thirty years, and I expect I'll keep writing until I take my last breath. I live in Canada's pacific northwest and try to visit as many places as I can in the U.S. while attending mystery conventions and conferences.

I've published more than one hundred short stories, essays (including one in Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul) and articles. In recent years, I've started writing book reviews and blogs. It's been incredibly satisfying to reach out to people and to help unknown authors get a little recognition. The bulk of my time is spent writing contemporary mystery novels. My Alex Bellamy white-collar crime novels, Taxed to Death and Fatal Encryption, are also available on Kindle.

In 2011, TouchWood Editions released The Opposite of Dark, the first novel in my Casey Holland transit security mystery series. Happily, the book is now available on Kindle! The second book, Deadly Accusations, appeared in March 2012, and the third, Beneath the Bleak New Moon, appeared in the Fall 2013. I'm delighted to announce that the fourth installment, The Deep End, will be released in September 2014.

I can't say that I have a favorite book of all time, but the one that's stuck with me most over the past 35 years is To Kill a Mockingbird. I read everyday of my life, without fail. I'm not a fast reader. I prefer to savor words, to mull over plot lines and characters, to really think about what I'm reading. My greatest fear is that I'll run out of time before reading the many books I wish I had time to read. Still, I've got a three or four good decades left, I hope.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Tardif on June 24, 2008
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Fatal Encryption is a corporate caper with plenty of twists and turns, and an assortment of appealing characters that will keep you guessing.

Debra Purdy-Kong's newest novel offers a well-plotted modern day mystery that is reminiscent of the classic whodunnits, and her amateur sleuth Alex Bellamy makes for an interesting, yet flawed, hero.

A great beach read!"

--Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
Author of Divine Intervention
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Todd A. Fonseca VINE VOICE on December 14, 2008
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Halloween--Port Moody, British Columbia: Unable to join the trick-or-treating fun due to the chicken pox, one young suburban girl is the sole witness to a costumed reveler responsible for brutal premeditated murder. Nearby, the wife of the victim's brother storms home from a party and finds the body. But why was he killed? What did he know?

Alex Bellamy a young computer geek in need of work takes a contract job to solve recent network and computer glitches at his girlfriend's company. He soon learns that the glitches are more than just pranks. In fact, all of the computers vital records are encrypted by an extortionist threatening to destroy all of the records or pay ten million dollars to save the company. Soon Bellamy is engulfed in a whirlwind of corporate greed and believes that not only is the company at risk but lives as well; the suburban murder and the young girls knowledge is the key to unlocking the conspirators' identity. In his zeal to debug the company's computer system and solve the murder, Bellamy finds his as well as his friends and families lives are in danger.

Debra Purdy Kong's book "Fatal Encryption" is an entertaining mystery full of back room corporate deals, family squabbles and power plays, secret affairs, and murder. I enjoyed this novel. Kong creates multiple plausible suspects throughout the story leaving the reader guessing all the way until the end. I was also surprised by how bold and brave Alex Bellamy was throughout the book. He frequently questioned potential suspects telling them how he believed they committed various crimes which if true would have put him in grave danger as in most situations he was alone with these potential killers.

Reminiscent of "Murder She Wrote", "Fatal Encryption" features an everyday guy with good observational and deductive skills who solves a crime. Kong has created an interested character and I look forward to the next Alex Bellamy mystery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark McGinty on June 9, 2009
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Fatal Encryption by Debra Purdy Kong opens with an intriguing Halloween night murder but never becomes the tense, high-stakes thriller that it wants to be. The story centers around Alex Bellamy, a depressing, 20ish IT guy with an annoying girlfriend who finds himself in the middle of a corporate murder mystery filled with weak characters that are unbelievably open and direct. The book's title and premise would lead one to believe that this will be an exciting cyber-thriller where the hero is chasing the villain through an electronic maze filled with active attacks, derfs, fishbowling, Trojan Horses, and dark-side hackers. But this is not the world where we go.

Instead Kong takes us into a rude world of bitter office politics populated by superficial characters with petty squabbles that distract from what could have been a sexy murder mystery with a cyber twist. The characters are introduced and developed through gossip and dialogue instead of action. Motivated almost entirely by jealousy and rejection, this dull cast of characters leaves us almost no one to root for - even the protagonist has few redeeming qualities - and we end up cheering against all of them. Alex is the stereotypical IT guru: rude, annoyed, condescending and bitter.

The strength of the book is definitely in its cyber-talk. It seemed to come alive whenever Alex described the intricacies of a cyber-attack and although Kong seems to be writing what she knows, the story hardly ever goes here. Instead it revolves around Alex's quest to catch the bad guys before the cops do. He seems to be living his life to please his family but except for an array of attractive young females we never really know what else he wants. What is he really trying to solve? What psychological hurdle is he trying to overcome?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Ferguson on July 6, 2008
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This is the second in Purdy Kong's Alex Bellamy mystery series. I always enjoy a well crafted, well written mystery novel and "Fatal Encryption" is one of them. Not only does it have a gripping plot and three dimensional characters, there is a well-woven subtext throughout. See if you can figure that out while you try to identify the killer.

This is the type of book that makes you long for the next in the series as you approach the end - a page turner with more depth than most.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By poetrylover on August 15, 2008
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I love books, you give me a good horror novel, or mystery and I am putty in your hands.

Recently, I became familar with a large group of independent authors on Amazon, and they are a classy bunch. As someone who hates mainstream books that change a couple of names and a title, I needed something fresh. I needed depth. Apparently, I needed Miss Kong.

While there are some minor things needed editing, it doesn't take away from the story, as a previous review suggested. On the contrary it brings a new vulnerability to the author that makes the read much more enchanting.

The book offers, a dark tale written with a drive for mystery. You are sucked in from the very first page and by the mid point your heart is pounding so hard in your chest you have to step away for a moment it really is that good.

In a world full of greed, and shady business, you will find this book hits very close to the home of someone you know.
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