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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453700153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453700150
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gerald M. Weinberg (Jerry) writes "nerd novels," such as The Aremac Project, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, and Mistress of Molecules-about how brilliant people produce quality work. More of his novels may be found as eBooks at . Before taking up his science fiction career, he published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. He also wrote books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series. He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, and software engineers). Early in his career, he was the architect for the Mercury Project's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. Winner of the Warnier Prize and the Stevens Award for his writing on software quality, he is also a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame. His website and blogs may be found at http://www.geraldmweinberg.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Cadena on September 13, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
The recipe for a compelling murder mystery is scarcely mysterious: consummate hubristic villainy blended with dashes of fascinating characters of divers backgrounds and avocations, pinches of perplexing puzzles to solve, and slices of near total despair revived phoenix-like by daring ingenuity keener than a razor's edge. Gerald Weinberg's "Freshman Murders" delivers all of this and more in an artful concoction of corporate intrigue and homicidal mayhem set in the presumptively serene world of academe. The protagonist, mathematics Professor Josh Rosemont - already intensely engaged in assisting government prosecutors in decrypting the financial records of a nefarious corporation under an ever-looming trial deadline- becomes a reluctant detective in a set of gruesome murders perpetrated around the confines of Hurlesburg State University. Josh, however, although deftly wily and capable, is not a lone omniscient sleuth. He has the inestimable support of his loving wife Carmela, an anthropology professor and former police detective, as well as that of a multicultural collection of brilliant young researchers and students. As the plot unfolds, it is perfectly seasoned with both surprising suspects and nearly overwhelming obstacles and challenges to be overcome. From soup to nuts, "Freshman Murders" is one deliciously satisfying meal of a novel that, even to its very last bite, remains a thoroughly tasty treat with a curtain-closing line to be savored for many days after.

I encourage any and all to pick up "Freshman Murders" - a murder mystery meal from which you will find yourself leaving the table especially well sated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Cadena on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
The recipe for a compelling murder mystery is scarcely mysterious: consummate hubristic villainy blended with dashes of fascinating characters of divers backgrounds and avocations, pinches of perplexing puzzles to solve, and slices of near total despair revived phoenix-like by daring ingenuity keener than a razor's edge. Gerald Weinberg's "Freshman Murders" delivers all of this and more in an artful concoction of corporate intrigue and homicidal mayhem set in the presumptively serene world of academe. The protagonist, mathematics Professor Josh Rosemont - already intensely engaged in assisting government prosecutors in decrypting the financial records of a nefarious corporation under an ever-looming trial deadline- becomes a reluctant detective in a set of gruesome murders perpetrated around the confines of Hurlesburg State University. Josh, however, although deftly wily and capable, is not a lone omniscient sleuth. He has the inestimable support of his loving wife Carmela, an anthropology professor and former police detective, as well as that of a multicultural collection of brilliant young researchers and students. As the plot unfolds, it is perfectly seasoned with both surprising suspects and nearly overwhelming obstacles and challenges to be overcome. From soup to nuts, "Freshman Murders" is one deliciously satisfying meal of a novel that, even to its very last bite, remains a thoroughly tasty treat with a curtain-closing line to be savored for many days after.

I encourage any and all to pick up "Freshman Murders" - a murder mystery meal from which you will find yourself leaving the table especially well sated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2011
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This book is similar in style to many others I have read, by well-known authors, and as such I came into it with very high expectations, especially having read other works by Gerald. I won't go into the plot in huge detail as others have done in their reviews, just give an overview of my experiences with the book.

Initially I was put off by the style of the book, as I felt the author was trying too hard to prove how clever he was, at the expense of me the reader. However, this initial irritation did not continue as the book started to develop the characters and the situation. The story arc concerns a group of people (Professor josh, his wife Carmela and his students) who are initially trying to decode data from a multi million dollar company, at which point a series of murders take place. The cases are well developed throughout the book and the reader becomes more and more engaged as the story continues. The story itself is well paced and draws the reader in more and more, which is good as there are complex mathematical and computer based concepts to understand. Luckily these are explained well and never detract from the novel.

It was nice to see relatively well rounded individuals, however, it did feel slightly too 'geeky' in places - perhaps it could have benefitted from more 'ordinary' characters but there was a good balance of male and female characters who all are similarly intelligent.

Towards the end of the book, it upped the pace and I could not stop reading it to the end. This pleased me as I like to be engaged right to the end of any book and this did not let me down.

All in all if you like modern crime-based thrillers, give it a try!!
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Plot summary: Josh Rosemont is a renown mathematical renaissance-man, former NSA problem-solver, and now a professor at a medium-sized state university. He and his student group of mathematic and computer students not only aid in cracking the codes used by a multi-million dollar international syndicate, but work on finding a serial killer who's been targeting freshman girls -- including one of the group members. His wife, an anthropology professor and former law enforcement officer, with a bit of a sex obsession, rounds out the private portion of the investigative team. Each of the cases becomes more complex as the group nears solving each.

All of this makes for a good mystery story, with lots of mathematical arcana to please the imagination of the science-leaning crowd. Most of the characters are a reasonably well rounded, with occasional ventures into unbelievability (e.g., a college dean monkeying with the admissions process to bring in less-qualified white students in place of more highly qualified black applicants). In other cases, the stereotypes and fads may reflect a dominant campus theme, but they irritatingly interfere with the story at times.

All said, I hope that this is the first in a series starring professor Rosemont and his Residual Class group.
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